Protesters have taken to the streets of Kuwait City to criticise a constitutional court ruling that declared parliamentary elections in February illegal and reinstated the previous parliament. The National Assembly elections saw the opposition dominate and replace a more pro-regime parliament. That election result was torpedoed by the court ruling, which protesters said followed opposition calls for a constitutional monarchy with a full parliamentary system. “This is the beginning of the road to a constitutional monarchy,” prominent opposition MP Mussallam al-Barrak told protesters. “We call on the authorities to issue a new decree to dissolve the 2009 parliament.”
Protesters rallied in Erada Square opposite the parliament building and chanted: “We will not surrender. We came here to say no to the previous parliament because its members were corrupt,” Khaled al-Khalifa, 24, told Reuters. “They stole the people’s money.” Kuwait’s elected parliament has legislative power but the emir is head of the government and appoints the prime minister.