The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has issued a decree to dissolve the country's parliament, setting the stage for an early election.

The official KUNA state news agency made the announcement on Sunday after an emergency government meeting.

The move came less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of security and economic challenges.

According to the constitution, elections should take place within two months following the dissolvement of parliament.

Kuwait, a major oil producer, held its last parliamentary election in 2013. 

More to follow.

Source: Al Jazeera News And News Agencies