Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Emir's Decision Attacked

Kuwaiti Parliamentarians are angry about the Emir's call for new elections, accusing him of trying to stifle reform:
"Abdullah Al Naibari, secretary-general of the Democratic Forum opposition bloc, said the government was trying to rein in the traditionally fiery assembly.

"'The dissolution of parliament is aimed at electing a parliament like the dissolved one, paralysed and without any real impact or independence,' he said.

"The emir's decision came a week after lawmakers and ministers clashed in the house over the draft law to reduce the number of constituencies from 25 to 10.

"Reformists wanted the number reduced to just five, saying it would make elections easier to monitor.

"The row descended into a stand-off when government supporters in the assembly voted to send the bill to a constitutional court. The reformists, accusing them of stalling, then submitted an unprecedented motion to publicly question the prime minister."


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