Kuwait parliament fails to convene amid boycott

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Posted: Aug 07, 2012 7:32 AM
Kuwait parliament fails to convene amid boycott

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's reinstated parliament has failed to meet for a second time in a month after a majority of the lawmakers boycotted the session.

Tuesday's development further complicates the political situation in the Gulf nation and is likely to spur the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, to call for new elections later this month.

The latest political crisis began when Kuwait's constitutional court ruled in June that the country's parliament was elected unconstitutionally and restored the previous legislature. The reinstated lawmakers are seen as more liberal and supportive of the government than the parliament elected in February, which is dominated by hard-line Islamists and their conservative tribal allies.

Tensions have flared since then and the reinstated lawmakers have boycotted two scheduled sessions because they considered the court-reinstated parliament illegal.