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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait’s ruler dissolved Parliament by royal decree on Sunday over unspecified security concerns and amid low oil prices that have squeezed government coffers, setting the stage for early elections in the tiny country. Kuwait’s state-run television station and its news agency announced the dissolution of Parliament a few hours after government officials held an emergency meeting. The cabinet was expected to resign, because those sitting on the 12-member board were likely to be contesting their parliamentary seats.

In his decree, Kuwait’s ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, said “regional circumstances” and “security challenges” had prompted the dissolution of Parliament. Kuwait, home to about 3.9 million people, has faced the threat of militant attacks since the rise of the Islamic State. A suicide bombing in 2015 claimed by the group targeted a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, killing 27 people and wounding scores. On Oct.

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