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					Kuwait braces for turbulent times

he newly-elected Kuwaiti parliament will not complete its full term,
analysts have predicted after Islamists made unprecedented gains.
Islamists, including Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists and independent
candidates won 22 out of the 50 seats in parliament in what one analyst
described as a "soft Arab Spring".

"Tribalism and Islamism have proven that they are undisputedly the most
significant factors in the elections, way ahead of any other
consideration," Mohammad Al Suhaili, a Kuwaiti political analyst told
Gulf News.

"There will be numerous clashes between the lawmakers whose backgrounds
and orientations sharply contrast as well as standoffs with the
government. I do not think that this parliament will go to the full
extent of its term. It is way too explosive to remain," he added.

Abdullah Al Shayji, chairman of the Political Science Department at
Kuwait University and specialist in Gulf and US politics, referred to
election day as "a roller coaster with many surprises." "There are no
women in the new formation and the liberals have been dramatically
decimated while former pro-government lawmakers and former MPs suspected
of receiving huge amounts of money in their bank accounts and
investigated by the public prosecutor either did not run or simply lost,"
he told Gulf News.

uwait has become the fourth Arab country in as many months to see
overwhelming gains for Islamists and losses for liberals in parliamentary
elections.

PM reminds winners of responsibilities
n a message of congratulations to the winners, Prime Minister Shaikh
Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah yesterday said that the lawmakers
should be prepared to shoulder "heavy responsibilities" and to deal with
difficult times ahead.

The premier expressed hope that the new members of parliament will fulfil
the "aspirations of the people on security, stability, development,
prosperity, combating negative acts and bolstering patriotism," Kuwait
News Agency (Kuna) reported.

				
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