The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, dissolved the elected Parliament, bringing an end to the political crisis in his country and paving the way for elections that are likely in mid-May.
In a televised address to the nation last evening, the Emir regretted 'practices' that ruined cooperation between legislative and executive authorities and announced the dissolution of the parliament. He called on the Kuwaiti people to elect a new House.
It is in national interest that I seek dissolution of the National Assembly in line with article 107 of the constitution, and call the Kuwaiti people to elect a new parliament that can bear the great responsibility of maintaining State security and sovereignty," Sheikh Sabah said.
"This new parliament," he said, "would shoulder the responsibility of advancement and development in a spirit of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities which is the cornerstone for the development of any nation", the state news agency KUNA quoted him as saying.
Political life in Kuwait has been paralysed more than once in the past few months as a result of the disputes between the government and the parliament over quizzing requests submitted by MPs to ministers.