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Friday, 15 May 2009

Low turn-out seen in Kuwait polls

Mudslinging, accusations and threats have dominated campaigning in Kuwait’s upcoming elections – the third parliamentary vote in as many years in one of the few democracies in the oil-rich Gulf region.

In March a long-running political spat between the elected assembly and the government, where the ruling Al-Sabah family holds all the important posts, spurred Kuwait’s emir to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections.

Two months on, and the polls have become a battleground in an intensifying conflict between the country’s conservatives and liberals.

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