Opposition groups and individuals made an impressive showing in the National Assembly elections by winning almost half of the 50 seats, with Kuwaiti voters dealing a heavy blow to the previous Assembly that failed to stop the government from raising petrol prices. The Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition, which returned to the polls after a four-year boycott, won at least 15 seats, with between seven and 10 seats won by its allies. This will enable the opposition to grill ministers and vote them out of office, which will considerably boost its power in the next Assembly. Islamists make the backbone of the opposition, with the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM), the local arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, bagging four seats and a few supporters.
…HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah sent cables to state senior officials and government bodies, voicing appreciation for the efforts they lavished to provide favorable conditions for the National Assembly elections to make it easy for voters to cast their votes.
HH the Amir lauded the huge turnout by citizens and their positive response to their national duty and responsibility, as well as the spirit of cooperation that dominated the scene between candidates and the electorate.
The Amir voiced deep thanks to members of the higher judiciary commission for their efforts in supervising the elections.