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Kuwait chose its National Assembly members amid a large turnout of voters

Shiites lose as Islamists, tribes, liberals gain seats


KUWAIT: Shiites emerged the main losers in the National Assembly elections yesterday as they won only eight seats down from as many as 17 in the scrapped Assembly elected last December. The Shiites won five seats in the First Constituency which is their main stronghold and one seat each in the Second, Third and Fifth constituencies. Their main losers include former MPs Ahmad Lari and Adnan Al-Mutawa in addition to members in the scrapped Assembly Abdulhameed Dashti and Khaled Al-Shatti.

 The main winners however were the small tribes which normally were marginalized like the Sulaibi, Suhool, Oteibis, Enezi and others. Liberal also won several seats with Marzouk Al-Ghanem, Rakan Al-Nasef and Faisal Al-Shaye scoring good wins. Sunni Islamists also improved on their strength winning around 10 seats compared to around five in the scrapped Assembly. Official Salafists maintained their strength of two seats.


 Opposition members who were with the opposition and boycotted last December polls but took part in this election like Abdullah Al-Turaiji and Riyadh Al-Adasani won seats but veteran former MP Abdullah Al-Roumi lost. As the paper went to press and with a small part of the votes not counted, turnover was around 60 percent, 20 percent higher than the previous election in December.

 The high turnover came despite calls by opposition for boycott, the scorching heat and fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. The main increase in voting came from tribal areas as tribesmen thronged onto polling stations to ensure the success of their tribesí candidates.

The final results of winners as follows:

 First constituency:

 Adnan Abdulsamad

 Faisal Al-Duwaisan

 Youssef Al-Zalzalah

 Issa Al-Kundari

 Mubarak Al-Harees

 Saleh Ashour

 Abdullah Al-Turaiji

 Kamel Al-Awadhi

 Mohammad Al-Azemi

 Maasouma Al-Mubarak

Second Constituency

 Marzouk Al-Ghanem

 Riyadh Al-Adasani

 Rakan Al-Nassef

 Adel Al-Khorafi

 Ali Fahd Al-Rashed (The Former Speaker)

 Hamad Al-Harshani

 Awdah Al-Ruwaiei

 Khalaf Dumaitheer

 Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran

 Khalil Al-Saleh

Third Constituency

 Ali Al-Omair

 Khalil Abul

 Faisal Al-Shaye

 Roudhan Al-Roudhan

 Jamal Al-Omar

 Safa Al-Hashem

 Yacoub Al-Sane

 Nabil Al-Fadhl

 Abdulkareem Al-Kundari

 Osama Al-Tahous

Fourth Constituency

 Sultan Al-Shimmari

 Saud Al-Huraiji

 Saad Al-Khanfour

 Askar Al-Enezi

 Mansour Al-Dhafeeri

 Mohammad Tana Al-Enezi

 Majed Al-Mutairi

 Hussein Al-Mutairi

 Mubarak Al-Khurainej

 Abdullah Al-Odwani

Fifth Constituency

 Abdullah Al-Tameemi

 Madhi Al-Hajeri

 Faisal Al-Kundari

 Talal Al-Jalal

 Mohammad Al-Huwailah

 Hamdan Al-Azemi

 Saif Al-Azemi

 Saadoun Hammad

 Humoud Al-Hamdan

 Jaber Al-Azemi


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