KUWAIT - Kuwaiti opposition politicians described government
efforts to change the electoral law before polls expected later this year as a
"coup", and promised on Sunday to push for full parliamentary democracy in the
Gulf's US ally.
In June Kuwait's constitutional court effectively
dissolved a parliament dominated by opposition Islamists and reinstated the
previous, more government-friendly assembly. The dispute deepened last week when
the government decided to refer the electoral system to the constitutional
"The majority bloc views what is happening as a real coup by the
political authority against the constitutional system, a coup aimed at seizing
the rights of the nation through the constitutional court," opposition
politicians said in a statement after a meeting that ended early on
The reinstated parliament has failed to convene twice in the past
two weeks to confirm a new government, increasing the chances of a new election
being called. Analysts say this could be after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan,
which ends next week.