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:
Ali Fahd Al-Rashed (The Former Speaker)
Mohammad Tana Al-Enezi