KUWAIT: Kuwait’s National Assembly on Tuesday elected Ahmed Al-Saadoun as its speaker by acclamation, a post he has served before, according to state-run KUNA news agency. 

The announcement came during the 17th term of the National Assembly inaugurated by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Tuesday morning.

Al-Sabah said the National Assembly must use constitutional means wisely to achieve their political objectives.

“There is no room for wasting effort and time in conflicts, settling disputes and creating crises” said Al-Sabah.

He said the National Assembly must complete the delayed legislation to achieve the aspirations of the people.

“We look forward to democratic practices that contribute to achieving resurgence and activating the role of the National Assembly,” he concluded.

A general election in September had delivered a mandate for change, bringing 27 new lawmakers to the 50-member assembly.

However, in March, Kuwait’s Constitutional Court annulled the decree dissolving the previous parliament and reinstated it.

A few weeks later, the ruling Al Sabah family dissolved that parliament for a second time, setting up the most recent vote, in which most of the lawmakers elected in September regained their seats.