Voter Backlash Brings Lots of New Faces to Kuwait’s Assembly

28 Nov 2016   Kuwait

A Kuwaiti judge and his aides count the ballots at a polling station. Thirty of 50 lawmakers lose seats in Saturday’s election New assembly may find relations with government strained The majority of Kuwait’s outgoing parliament has been voted out of office after citizens used Saturday’s election to voice displeasure with austerity measures imposed to prop up state finances in an era of cheap oil. With turnout at a strong 70 percent, only 20 of the previous parliament’s members held onto their seats in the 50-member body, local media reported on Sunday. The next chamber will be dominated by a mix of new candidates and opposition leaders who were returned to office. Kuwait, which is running a budget deficit after a decade of surpluses, may now find passing fiscal reforms harder in the future. The government, which is appointed by the emir, has tried to curtail some of its […]

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