Kuwaiti snap election set to bolster opposition

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The Independent Online

Opposition candidates were expected to make gains in a snap parliamentary election held yesterday in the Gulf Arab state.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, called the vote in December after dissolving the chamber in response to a deepening political deadlock that has stymied reform.

Frustration came to a head in November when protesters stormed the assembly demanding the resignation of the then Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, accusing him of corruption.