Kuwait

Opposition wins


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Opposition candidates have won 34 of the 50 seats in the National Assembly. Voters turned their back on all but two of the previous administrations MPs who had been questioned over corruption allegations.

Although no political parties are allowed in Kuwait there are broad groupings. Of these, Sunni Islamist made up of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists took 23 seats, in the previous parliament they had nine seats.

Shias, who represent 30% of the population, saw their numbers reduced from nine seats to seven seats. Liberals also fared badly, taking just two seats where before they had five seats. All four women in the previous Assembly lost their seats.

The opposition have said that they want to see all corruption files re-opened. The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, chooses the prime minister, but the National Assembly can vote him out of office. Parliament will convene within two weeks.

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