Kuwait's new parliament to meet on October 11

The country's Cabinet has tendered its resignation to the Emir, Sheikh Nawaf

Alia Al Khaled, left, celebrates with her supporters after becoming one of two women elected to Kuwait's parliament in elections held on September 29. AFP
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Kuwait's newly elected parliament will convene on October 11, the Cabinet has said after endorsing a decree calling on the legislature to meet.

The Cabinet also tendered the government's resignation to Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Nawaf, the official news agency Kuna reported on Saturday.

Kuwaitis elected a new parliament on Thursday. Twenty-two women were among the 305 candidates who competed in National Assembly elections for the 50-seat body.

Of the 50 seats, 28 were won by opposition candidates. Twenty MPs lost their seats, including three former ministers.

The new parliament will see the return of women after two years without a female MP. Jenan Bushehri and Alia Al Khaled were elected as part of the opposition.

The previous parliament was dissolved by the Gulf state's crown prince in a bid to end a political standoff between the government and the legislature.

Deadlock with the Cabinet delayed the approval of a state budget for fiscal year 2022-23 and other economic reforms.

The budget, which has to be voted on before November, has set spending at 23.65 billion dinars ($77.2bn) compared with 23.48bn dinars in the 2021-22 budget.

Updated: October 01, 2022, 10:57 AM
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