Kuwait sets parliamentary elections for Feb. 2

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Posted: Dec 18, 2011 10:05 AM
Kuwait sets parliamentary elections for Feb. 2

Kuwait's Cabinet says parliamentary elections in the Gulf nation will be held on February 2.

The official KUNA news agency said government ministers, headed by Prime Minister Sheik Jaber al-Hamad Al Sabah, approved the election date during their weekly meeting Sunday.

The decision comes less than two weeks after Kuwait's ruler dissolved the previous parliament during a political showdown related to allegations of high-level corruption.

That move on December 6 started the process for new elections, which must be held within 60 days of parliament's dissolution.

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