Tensions over Kuwait’s voting rules grow

08 November 2012

Further protest rallies planned by the opposition

Opposition groups in Kuwait are continuing their protests against the government’s decision to change voting rules.

This comes despite government efforts to restrict street demonstrations.

A large political rally is planned to take place on 11 November, but the government has made it clear that it will not allow the protests to escalate into a large-scale unrest.

Tear gas has been used by Kuwaiti police in recent demonstrations.

On 6 November, Kuwait’s leader, Emir Sheikh Sabah A-Ahmad Al-Sabah, there would be little tolerance for actions that threaten the security of the country. He also argued that the changes to the voting legislation are constitutional.

The proposed changes to the electoral law would see the number of candidates a voter can elect reduce from four to one. Many opposition members are expected to boycott the December elections.

In June, the country’s constitutional court ruled that elections held in in February were invalid and re-established a parliament that had been previously dissolved in December 2011. The February elections had seen significant wins by Islamist candidates.

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