Kuwait opposition in strong election showing

Kuwaiti candidate and former MP Safaa al-Hashem (C), the only woman elected, celebrates with her supporters following her victory in the parliamentary election in Kuwait cityIslamist-dominated opposition groups and their allies secured nearly half of the Kuwaiti parliament’s seats, official results showed Sunday, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the oil-rich Gulf state. The opposition and its allies won 24 of the assembly’s 50 seats, the electoral authority announced following Saturday’s snap election called after a dispute over the hiking of petrol prices. Around half of the opposition candidates who won seats are Islamists from a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group and Salafists.

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