Sunday, December 2, 2012

Kuwait: Shiites winners in election that was boycotted by opposition

The general elections in Kuwait have seen en remarkable low turnout of only 26.7%, because of a boycott called for by the opposition. Speaking after an emergency meeting of the opposition, former Islamist MP Khaled Al-Sultan said that “based on information available to the opposition, the turnout of voters was very low at 26.7 percent”. The figure was confirmed by the website of the Information Ministry which was carrying the latest results of the counting of the ballots. There has so far been no official figures on the turnout by the National Election Commission.
Other remarkable fact: Candidates of the Shiite minority in the country won as many as 15 seats in the 50-member National Assembly. It was the first time Shiites got that many seats. In the 2012 majlis which was disbanded they had only nine seats.
The opposition wants the results to be nullified. Former Assembly speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun described the election as “unconstitutional”, while former MP Faisal Al-Mislem called on elected MPs to resign after the 'clear popular verdict' in the election brought about by the massive boycott.

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