A file picture dated 23 Feb. 23, 2005 shows the pier at Kuwait's largest refinery of Al-Ahmadi, just north of Al-Shuaiba, 30 kms from Kuwait City. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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A Kuwaiti court Wednesday said a government decision to increase petrol prices was unlawful nearly one month after it took effect in the oil-rich Gulf country.It said the price hike should have been approved by the Supreme Petroleum Council, the country's highest oil decision-making body.The court, whose rulings can be contested, however rejected another request to suspend the hike immediately, before the high courts have issued their verdicts on the matter.The supreme court is the highest in the country and its verdicts are final.Parliamentarians want the government to compensate Kuwaiti citizens who comprise around 30 percent of the 4.3 million population, which also includes about three million foreigners.
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