• Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah  issued a decreedissolving the Gulf state parliament, citing a "threat to supreme national interests". 

  • The  decision came one week after the emir accepted the resignation of former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, following widespread protests led by youth activists.         

  • Under Kuwaiti law, fresh general elections must be held within a period of 60 days.