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Kuwait halts parliament sessions for month amid rising political battles

June 18, 2012 - 9:56 AM

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait says the government suspended parliament meetings for a month amid an escalating feud with Islamist-led opposition lawmakers seeking a greater voice in the Gulf nation's affairs.

It follows the resignations of two Cabinet ministers in less than a month under pressure from the opposition bloc, which includes conservative Islamist figures.

The official Kuwait News Agency says the Cabinet approved an order Monday by the country's ruler to suspend parliament sessions for a month — which then spills into the holy month of Ramadan, an official holiday when businesses shut down.

Kuwait has the Gulf's most politically aggressive parliament that often demands to question top officials.

Tensions flared since February elections that gave the opposition control of the chamber. Islamists and their allies now also demand seats in the government.

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