By Fiona MacDonald – Oct 7, 2012 9:35 AM PT

Kuwait’s parliament was dissolved today for the third time in less than a year, a move welcomed by opposition members that paves the way for fresh elections.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree disbanding the National Assembly, elected in 2009, state media reported. It came 12 days after the Constitutional Court ruled against a government bid to amend the election law and was seen as a victory for the opposition, which said that attempt amounted to gerrymandering by an administration defeated at the polls in February.

“The 2009 assembly has gone without regret,” former opposition lawmaker Mubarak Al-Waalan said on his Twitter account. “We strongly warn the government against attempting to amend the electoral system.”

No date was given for the elections, which require another emiri decree to take place. Elections must be held within two months of parliament being dissolved, according to Kuwait’s Constitution.

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