Kuwaiti court scraps petrol price hike

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AKuwaiti court or­dered the govern­ment of the oil-rich Gulf state to abol­ish an in­crease in petrol prices nearly one month af­ter it took ef­fect.

The price hike, rang­ing from about 40 to 80 per­cent de­pend­ing on the type, met stiff op­po­si­tion from law­mak­ers and ac­tivists when in­tro­duced on Septem­ber 1, 2016 fol­low­ing a slide in oil rev­enues. The ad­min­is­tra­tive court did not im­me­di­ately give the rea­sons for its rul­ing which was based on a pe­ti­tion filed by lawyer Nawaf al-Fuzai. Fuzai told that he ar­gued the price de­ci­sion “should have come through a bill from par­lia­ment and not from the cabi­net.”

“I be­lieve the judge has ac­cepted our ar­gu­ment,” he said af­ter the ver­dict was an­nounced. The court was ex­pected to re­lease the full rul­ing later. It can still be chal­lenged by the govern­ment at the ap­peals and supreme courts. The de­vel­op­ment came af­ter Kuwaiti law­mak­ers re­quested an emer­gency ses­sion of par­lia­ment to de­bate the price in­crease.

In their mo­tion, law­mak­ers said the move had re­sulted in a rise in the prices of com­modi­ties and goods. MPs want the govern­ment to com­pen­sate Kuwaiti cit­i­zens who com­prise around 30 per­cent of the 4.3 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion, which also in­cludes about three mil­lion for­eign­ers.

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