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Pessimism of the Kuwaiti opposition in the face of upcoming elections

Freer, Courtney (2016) Pessimism of the Kuwaiti opposition in the face of upcoming elections. Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

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If held as scheduled in June 2017, Kuwait’s legislative elections would mark the end of the first Kuwaiti Parliament to serve its full four-year term since 2003. The present Parliament, elected amid a wide-ranging opposition boycott, is unsurprisingly loyalist and thus has not challenged the government to advance a political reform agenda. Nonetheless, many Kuwaitis seem to think that an early dissolution of Parliament is imminent, with elections rumored to take place as early as December, citing issues ranging from low turnout in summer polls to a Parliament increasingly stymied over matters related to subsidy reform. Even if early elections are held, however, it is unclear how significant they would be in terms of effecting policy change or altering positions of an increasingly intransigent opposition.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 12:22
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 23:11

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