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Kuwait sets date for new, limited elections after 5 lawmakers resigned in protest

Kuwait has set June 26 as the day for by-elections to replace five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question the country's prime minister over corruption allegations.

The lawmakers requested to step down from parliament over the past three weeks. Kuwait's Cabinet accepted their resignations on Monday. The Interior Ministry then announced on Tuesday that new elections would be held in June, and that candidates can register to run starting this week until May 29.

It is very rare for lawmakers to resign in Kuwait and for the government to hold elections for just those posts. Normally when there is gridlock between the Cabinet and parliament, the ruler of Kuwait disbands the legislature and reshuffles Cabinet before calling new elections.