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Kuwait minister resigns over proposed constitutional amendments

[JURIST] As debate continues in Kuwait [government website; JURIST news archive] over whether to amend the country's constitution [text] to make changes to election law, Kuwaiti information minister Anas al-Rasheed [Ministry of Information website] has submitted his resignation as a protest against any proposed amendments. A Kuwaiti official said that an amendment now on the table would increase the number of members of Kuwait's parliament [Wikipedia backgrounder] from 50 to 60.

Cabinet members in Kuwait have been holding meetings to discuss such amendments in response to accusations that the current system of 25 small electorates has resulted in corruption at the polls. Al-Rasheed's resignation takes effect only after emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah [BBC profile] accepts it. Aljazeera has more.

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