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Opposition groups win almost half of 50 seats in Kuwait election - report

Public fears a win for the opposition will bring the country back to political crisis

Opposition groups win almost half of 50 seats in Kuwait election - report
Parliamentary elections in Kuwait City, the Gulf states seventh general election in a decade, at a time of sharp disputes over subsidy cuts due to falling oil revenues. (Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Opposition groups have won almost half of the 50 seats in Kuwait’s National Assembly elections, according to report in local media.

The election was called after the dissolution of the former parliament due to its failure to bring down government-raised petrol prices.

Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition groups, which returned to the polls after a four-year boycott, won a total of 15 seats while its allies won seven and 10 seats, reported Kuwait Times.

The local arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) as well as Salafist Islamists won four seats each.

The Kuwait elections saw a 70 percent turnout – much higher than the previous two elections boycotted by the opposition.

Only 20 of the 50 members of the dissolved assembly were re-elected. The former parliament fuelled public unrest after it approved a large number of laws related to raising the cost of fuel and other services.

However, Kuwaitis fear a win for the opposition will bring the country back to political crisis prior to 2013.

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