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Parliamentary poll divides Kuwait

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Parliamentary poll divides Kuwait


Polls have closed in Kuwait after one of the most divisive parliamentary elections in the Gulf nation’s recent history.

Islamist, tribal and Liberal parties all boycotted the ballot, vowing to reject the outcome, after new voting rules were introduced in the oil-rich state.

They insisted the changes would skew the result in favour of pro-government candidates.

Officials reported slightly lighter turnout than previous elections, but the opposition said more than 80 percent of Kuwaitis had refused to take part in Saturday’s vote, the second general election this year.

On Friday, tens of thousands of people marched in Kuwait city against the poll.

The protest’s organisers said it was the largest ever seen in the country and a clear signal to authorities over the anger caused by the voting changes.

Ruled by the same family for more than 250 years, Kuwait has not been touched by the Arab Spring, which has engulfed other parts of the region.

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