Kuwait emir sets Feb vote to end tussle with MPs

By REUTERS
December 18, 2011 21:52

 
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KUWAIT - Kuwait's ruler has called an early parliamentary election for Feb. 2, state-news agency Kuna reported on Sunday, nearly two weeks after he dissolved the chamber in a power struggle that has paralyzed politics in the oil-exporting country.

The decision by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah follows last month's resignation of the government led by his nephew, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah, in what has become Kuwait's worst political crisis in 20 years.

Sheikh Nasser's departure was precipitated when opposition lawmakers and protesters stormed parliament demanding his removal over allegations of high-level corruption and mismanagement, charges he denies.

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