Kuwait fails again to swear in new cabinetReuters . Kuwait
Kuwaiti lawmakers boycotted a parliament session on Tuesday to foil another attempt to swear in a new cabinet - a move that makes the assembly’s dissolution likely and throws the US ally into more turmoil.
It was the second such boycott in a week, and the decision rattled the Kuwaiti stock market.
The dispute centres on a ruling by Kuwait’s constitutional court in June that effectively dissolved a parliament dominated by opposition Islamists and reinstated its more government-friendly predecessor, elected in 2009.
Only four members of the 50-seat assembly and five ministers from the 15-member new cabinet turned up for the parliament session.
‘We could not convene the session due to the lack of a quorum and I will not call for another session,’ National Assembly speaker Jassim al-Kharafi said. ‘I will take the matter to his highness the emir.’
Analysts expect Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to dissolve parliament in order to allow a new election, widely expected to be held after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in the second half of August. The last elections were in February.
The stock market index fell 0.4 per cent to 5,708 points on Tuesday, nearing the six-and-a-half-month low it hit on July 31, when the parliament first failed to swear in a new cabinet.
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