A Kuwaiti judge (C) and his aides count the ballots at a polling station at the end of the vote in the Sabah al-Salem district on the outskirts of Kuwait city on Nov. 26, 2016. / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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Kuwait opposition in strong election showingIslamist-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. The Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition contested the election after a four-year boycott in protest over the government's amendment of the key voting system. "There are many issues that could spark disputes: economic measures, revoking of citizenships and others," said Ajmi.In the past two years, the government revoked the citizenship of several leading opposition figures and their family members, citing various motives.
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