Kuwait court rejects challenge over election law

AP News
Posted: Sep 25, 2012 4:56 AM
Kuwait court rejects challenge over election law

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwait court has rejected a government challenge to the Gulf nation's election law in an apparent boost for opposition groups led by Islamists.

The official Kuwait News Agency says the Constitutional Court will not reverse a 2006 law that created five electoral districts, which broke down old constituencies and allowed opposition factions to gain strength.

Tuesday's decision means the current election formula will stand for the next parliamentary elections.

Islamist-led opposition candidates took control of the chamber after elections in February, but the parliament was later dissolved by Kuwait's Western-backed rulers as they challenged the electoral system. It's unclear when new elections could be held.

Kuwait has the one of the Gulf region's most politically active parliaments, which often clashes with the government over policies and alleged corruption.