In Kuwait’s Elections, a Desire for Change Confronts Institutional Inertia

A woman casts her vote for parliamentary elections in the town of Hawally, Kuwait, Dec. 5, 2020 (AP photo by Jaber Abdulkhaleg).
A woman casts her vote for parliamentary elections in the town of Hawally, Kuwait, Dec. 5, 2020 (AP photo by Jaber Abdulkhaleg).
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There was a high level of public interest when Kuwaiti voters went to the polls on Dec. 5 to elect a new National Assembly, reflected in voter turnout of more than 60 percent, despite initial concerns that the coronavirus pandemic would suppress participation. Incumbent lawmakers fared poorly, with 24 of the 43 who were up for reelection losing their seats, as voters registered their dissatisfaction with the previous parliament. But while many commentators have described the results as a win for the opposition, which appeared to boost its numbers, the direction the new National Assembly will take remains to be […]

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