The Constitutional Court declared February elections in Kuwait illegal. The opposition won 34 of 50 seats in those elections. The court re-instated the previous pro-government parliament. The newly elected parliament dominated by oppoition members had been a pain in the royal posterior.
The demonstrators swarmed into Kuwait City Erada
square chanting"we will not surrender" Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah ordered the
parliament's dissolution and early elections. There are claims of
corruption within the government including bribes paid to pro-government
Compared to some other Gulf sheikhdoms the Kuwaiti
parliament has considerable powers and members often criticize the
ruling family. However, the Sabahs still control key government posts.
Even though the opposition won over half the seats in parliament they
were not given an equal number of posts in the cabinet.
Parlaiament kept calling government ministers for questioning. The emir
suspended parliament for a month to avoid a political crisis. Now the
constitutional court had solved his immediate problem but the crisis
remains. For more see this article.