Kuwait battles with political divides amid snap elections

The first Gulf state to adopt democracy has been stalled by years of political deadlock
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Opposition candidate Abdul Rahman al-Anjari addresses a political rally during campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kuwait (All images courtesy of Getty Images)
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Opposition candidates Ali al-Dikbassi (R) and Shuaib al-Mouzeria attend the rally
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Kuwait became the first Arab monarchy in the Gulf to issue a constitution and adopt democracy a year after independence in 1962
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Candidates are calling for sweeping reforms including a new constitution that would turn the oil-rich state into a full democracy
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Demands range from the establishment of a Western-style, multi-party system to an elected government and a constitutional monarchy
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Calls for amending the constitution have gained momentum in the past few years
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The Gulf state has witnessed unprecedented political turmoil in the last few years, which has led to the resignation of seven cabinets in just over five years
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Former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a nephew of the ruler, was replaced with Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, a step unprecedented in the Gulf state
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Members of the ruling family currently control the premiership post, the so-called sovereign ministries of defence, interior and foreign affairs and a number of other senior positions