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US News Legislative elections in Kuwait, first ballot after the death of Emir Sheikh Sabah

03:40  05 december  2020
03:40  05 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Elections in Kuwait are held for both the National Assembly and for the Municipality. Kuwait 's constitution calls for elections to the unicameral National Assembly at a maximum interval of four years.

Sheikh Sabah drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties with Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional His 2006 ascension in Kuwait , a staunch US ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after Parliament voted

Le Parlement koweïtien à Koweït City, le 30 octobre 2018. © Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP The Kuwaiti Parliament in Kuwait City, October 30, 2018.

Legislative elections are taking place this Saturday in Kuwait, the first since the coming to power of a new emir at the end of September in this small Gulf country which, unlike its neighbors, is experiencing real parliamentary activity. The 50 seats in the Kuwaiti Parliament are still to be filled, some 340 candidates are in the running, including around 30 women.

An electoral campaign unlike any other: due to the Covid pandemic, the Kuwaiti candidates and their supporters had to do without the traditional banquets and political meetings under large tents erected during the campaign.

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Since women were first allowed to vote and run for office in Kuwait 15 years ago, only seven have been elected to The 91-year-old late monarch has been hailed as ‘the emir of humanity’ and a ‘wise leader’ by his What does the death of Sheikh Sabah mean for the region, and the future of Kuwait ?

The body of Sheikh Sabah , an acclaimed diplomat and mediator who ruled for 14 years, is expected to arrive in Kuwait City later on Wednesday. Significant policy changes are not expected during his reign, even after the Gulf underwent a seismic shift with Kuwait ’s neighbours, the United Arab

The Parliament elected this Saturday will have to take up important issues, starting with the economic situation of this oil-producing country affected by the drop in crude prices. In this context, corruption is one of the themes that dominated the campaign, explains Claire Beaugrand, researcher at CNRS and specialist in Kuwait: “The theme of corruption is really very significant in Kuwait, the embezzlement of public money, issues of bribes, are themes that create extremely strong popular resentment. And so it can be felt in elections because there is significant anti-elite rhetoric. "

Another campaign theme: the issue of foreign workers whose presence Kuwait wishes to reduce on its soil, a policy that has been accentuated with the Covid pandemic.

This election takes place a few weeks after the coming to power of Emir Nawaf al Nasser al Sabah, who succeeded his late half-brother Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah at the end of September.

To read also: Kuwait: after the death of the emir, what about the regional policy of the emirate?

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