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Parliament Speaker suspends session, to convene Jan 7
December 24, 2013, 10:46 am
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Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim suspended the Parliament session Tuesday due to the absence of the government, in turn due to the cabinet's resignation yesterday, and said "parliament shall convene on January 7, 2014." Before announcing end of session, Al-Ghanim congratulated MPs on the Constitutional Court ruling yesterday.

The Speaker had reported receipt of official notification of the cabinet's resignation yesterday, which is why the government missed today's session.
The Constitutional Court had ruled against petitions challenging legitimacy of the last elections. It also stripped Osama Al-Tahoos and Maassouma Al-Mubarak of their seats in parliament and the seats went instead to Abdulhameed Dashti and Nabil Al-Fadhil.

The elections held July 27, 2013 were held in line with decree 20/2012 amending law 42/2006. The amendment reduced the number of candidates a single constituent can vote for.

"Each constituency elects ten representatives with each voter electing one candidate only in the constituency where he is registered," the amendment stated. Any ballot paper indicating support for more than one candidate is crossed out.

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