Kuwait court rejects challenge over election law

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 16:36

Kuwait City: A Kuwait court has rejected a government challenge to the Gulf nation`s election law in an apparent boost for opposition groups led by Islamists.

The official Kuwait News Agency says the Constitutional Court will not reverse a 2006 law that created five electoral districts, which broke down old constituencies and allowed opposition factions to gain strength.

Today`s decision means the current election formula will stand for the next parliamentary elections.

Islamist-led opposition candidates took control of the chamber after elections in February, but the parliament was later dissolved by Kuwait`s Western-backed rulers as they challenged the electoral system. It`s unclear when new elections could be held.

Kuwait has the one of the Gulf region`s most politically active parliaments, which often clashes with the government over policies and alleged corruption.


First Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 16:22

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