Kuwait – Kuwait’s Council of Ministers announced on Monday that the country will hold its parliamentary election on Nov. 26.
The announcement came a day after the country’s ruler dissolved parliament over security concerns.
Candidates for the early vote will be able to register for the election as soon as a decree is published in the official gazette, which is expected in the coming days.
It is likely to be a contentious election as opposition parties that boycotted the previous two ballot contests – to protest changing the voting system – are expected to participate in the upcoming vote.
Three government ministers who want to run in the polls have submitted their resignations from the Cabinet, according to the official KUNA news agency.
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Sabah, has issued a decree on Sunday to dissolve the country’s parliament, due to “regional circumstances” and “security challenges”.
KUNA said the announcement followed an emergency government meeting at Bayan Palace on Sunday.
In a statement following the Cabinet meeting, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah said the ministers discussed the escalating developments in the region and their repercussions on all levels.
“This has necessitated referring to the people, the source of all powers, to elect representatives who can express their orientations and expectations, and who can effectively take part in countering these challenges,” the minister added.
The move came less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem called for parliamentary elections in the face of security and economic challenges.