News ID: 8612
Publish Date: 27 June 2012 - 10:25
Thousands of Kuwaitis have staged a protest against a constitutional court ruling that scrapped the February parliamentary elections and reinstated the previous pro-government parliament.
At least 4,000 protesters held a demonstration in the Erada Square opposite the parliament in Kuwait City on Tuesday. "We came here to say no to the previous parliament because its members were corrupt,” said a protester, adding, "They stole the people’s money.” 

"The parliament was under attack because it went out of (the government’s) control,” said Adel al-Damkhi, a member of the dissolved parliament. "We cannot accept less than a government that is elected by the people,” he added. 

On June 25, the Kuwaiti cabinet submitted its resignation to the country’s ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. It was the ninth cabinet formed by Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah following the parliamentary elections of February 2, in which the opposition won 34 of the 50 seats. 

However, Kuwait’s constitutional court scrapped the parliamentary elections on June 20, ruling that a move to dissolve the previous government, ordered by the Kuwaiti ruler, was unconstitutional and "illegal.” Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers rejected the verdict as a "coup against the constitution.”

The Kuwaiti ruler suspended the parliament for one month on June 18, following a row between opposition lawmakers and the cabinet, where the key posts are held by the ruling al-Sabah family. Since February 2006, nine cabinets have resigned in Kuwait and the parliament has been dissolved four times.

Press TV 

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