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Kuwait parliament dissolved over ‘widespread corruption’

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Published Time: 11.05.2024 - 16:40:25 Modified Time: 11.05.2024 - 16:40:25

Emir suspends Gulf state for up to four years ‘to save the country’ NOUFAL IBRAHIM/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock The Gulf state of Kuwait has been cast into political uncertainty after its ruler suspended the national parliament, saying that corruption had permeated every institution

Emir suspends Gulf state for up to four years ‘to save the country’

: NOUFAL IBRAHIM/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Gulf state of Kuwait has been cast into political uncertainty after its ruler suspended the national parliament, saying that corruption had permeated every institution.

Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmed Al Sabah, said he would suspend the parliament for up to four years, declaring that he had made the move “to save the country”.

“Unfortunately, we have faced some unimaginable, unbearable difficulties and impediments,” the 83-year-old said on Friday, according to the state news agency, a reference to the gridlock that has held back Kuwait’s development.

“We were left with no option other than taking this hard decision to rescue the country and protect its higher national interests and resources of the nation,” Sheikh Mishal added.

“I will not allow that democracy will be exploited to destroy the state.”

: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP

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