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Kuwait This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Kuwait Constitution Al-Sabah Dynasty Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prime Minister Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah National Assembly Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi Political parties Elections: 2006, 2008, 2009 Governorates (muhafazah) Districts Foreign relations Human rights Key Political Issues Impeachment Votes Other countries · Atlas Politics portal view • talk • edit An early parliamentary election was held in Kuwait on 17 May 2008 after the Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dissolved the National Assembly of Kuwait on 19 March 2008 over constant clashes between the government and the elected MPs.[1] The last elections were held less than two years previously and saw a loose alliance of reformists and Islamists gain almost two thirds of the seats.[2] 361,685 Kuwaitis were eligible to vote, more than half of them women; 27 of the 275 candidates were women.[3][4] None of the female candidates won.[5] New rules introduced for this election have changed the 25 constituencies electing two to five electing 10. This was a demand of the reformist Kuwaiti Orange Movement, which led mass demonstrations in 2006, who believed the change would impede vote buying electoral frauds.[6] A leading theme in the election was inflation, which hit a record high 9.5% four months before the election. Many candidates in the election proposed increased governmental subsidies to be funded by oil profits.[7] Results e • d Summary of the 17 May 2008 National Assembly of Kuwait election results 2006 2008 change Islamic Bloc (Sunni) (incl. Hadas) 17 21 +4 Shia + Popular Action Bloc (opposition) 9 9 0 Liberals and allies 8 7 –1 Independents (pro-government strong families and tribal members) 16 13 -3 Total (turnout 80%) 50 50 — Source: BBCArabic.com, Al Jazeera English References ^ Emir von Kuwait setzt Neuwahlen an (International, NZZ Online) ^ BBC NEWS | Middle East | Kuwait emir calls fresh elections ^ derStandard.at ^ The Associated Press: Kuwaitis elect new parliament ^ Poll snub for Kuwait women, Gulf Daily News, 2008-05-19. Accessed 2008-05-22. ^ Kuwaitis elect new parliament, Associated Press, 2008-05-17 ^ Laessing, Ulf. Price debate dominates Kuwait election campaign, Reuters India, 2008-05-15. Accessed 2008-05-22. v • d • e Elections in Kuwait General elections 1921 · 1938 (Jun) · 1938 (Dec) · 1962 · 1963 · 1967 · 1971 · 1975 · 1981 · 1985 · 1992 · 1996 · 1999 · 2003 · 2006 · 2008 · 2009 This Kuwait-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e This Asian election-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e