Government gets comfortable majority in Kuwaiti parliament

On June 26, 2014, Kuwaiti voters elected pro-government candidates to replace five opposition lawmakers who resigned two months ago in by-elections that saw one of the lowest turnouts in the emirate's history.
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Kuwaiti pro-government candidate Ahmad Sulaiman al-Qedhibi (C) celebrates with supporters following his victory in the national assembly by-elections, late on June 26, 2014, in Kuwait City. Kuwaiti voters elected pro-government candidates to replace five opposition lawmakers who resigned two months ago in by-elections that saw one of the lowest turnouts in the emirate's history. The results will boost the grip of the government on the 50-seat parliament where it already enjoyed a comfortable majority. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti pro-government candidate Abdullah al-Maayouf (C) celebrates with supporters following his victory in the national assembly by-elections, late on June 26, 2014, in Kuwait City. Kuwaiti voters elected pro-government candidates to replace five opposition lawmakers who resigned two months ago in by-elections that saw one of the lowest turnouts in the emirate's history. The results will boost the grip of the government on the 50-seat parliament where it already enjoyed a comfortable majority. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti pro-government candidate Mohammad al-Rashidi (C) celebrates with supporters following his victory in the national assembly by-elections, late on June 26, 2014, in Kuwait City. Kuwaiti voters elected pro-government candidates to replace five opposition lawmakers who resigned two months ago in by-elections that saw one of the lowest turnouts in the emirate's history. The results will boost the grip of the government on the 50-seat parliament where it already enjoyed a comfortable majority. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti judges (L) and their aides count the ballots at a polling station after closure of voting in al-Khaldeyya district of Kuwait city, on July 27, 2013. Polls closed in Kuwait's second parliamentary election in eight months with early indications showing a higher turnout than previous polls despite an opposition boycott and scorching temperatures. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti candidate Jamal al-Omar (C) celebrates with his supporters following his victory in the parliamentary elections in Kuwait City early on July 28, 2013. According to figures posted on the information ministry website, voter turnout was 52.5 percent, compared to December's record low of 40 percent due to opposition boycott. Average turnout at Kuwaiti polls is around 65 percent. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Kuwaiti man casts his ballot to elect a second parliament in ten months at a polling station in Kuwait City on December 1, 2012. Early turnout was low as voters appeared to heed an opposition call to shun the poll over a disputed electoral law. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A policeman helps a Kuwaiti citizen find his name on the registered voters at a polling station in Kuwait City on December 1, 2012. Kuwaitis are casting ballots to elect a second parliament in ten months, but early turnout was low as voters appeared to heed an opposition call to shun the poll over a disputed electoral law. (AFP/Getty Images)
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