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Kuwaitis vote amid hopes of political stability

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A judge counts votes during the early hours of the night after elections closed at the Khaldiya polling station in District 3, Kuwait City
A judge counts votes during the early hours of the night after elections closed at the Khaldiya polling station in District 3, Kuwait City Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed

Kuwaitis braved the weekend's scorching heat and cast ballots for the third time in 17 months for a new parliament.  Liberal and tribal groups made some gains, while the country's Shiite minority lost more than half of their seats in the 50-member parliament. Voter turnout was high for the country at above 52 percent, belying expectations during Ramadan fasting and a second call to boycott the elections from some opposition groups. RFI spoke to Hesham Al-Awadi, a professor of history at the American University of Kuwait, about the new parliament could mean for the future of this oil-rich gulf country.

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