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11 police were injured in the protests after using tear gas, stun grenades and batons to disperse the crowds.
Kuwaitis took to the streets to protest government-instituted changes to their electoral laws, the latest move in escalating tensions between the ruling al-Sabah family and the parliament.
Thousands of demonstrators crowded the streets in Kuwait City at several locations to protest the new law, which brings the number of candidates chosen per electoral district down to one, Al Jazeera reported. Opposition members argue that the switch will prevent them from winning a majority number of seats, which they did last election.
11 policemen were wounded trying to break up the crowds, according to Al Jazeera.
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The ruling family also called snap elections for December 1, after dissolving the last parliament October 7, Reuters reported. The country has had eight different governments in parliament since al-Sabah took power in 2006; these will be the fifth elections since.
A court had recently denied the law changes, but that parliament had been dissolved by the emir and so the ruling was scrapped, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Jaber Al Sabah said that the electoral law “showed a set of imbalances and problems that pose a serious threat "to national unity, security, and values and “fomented sectarianism and tribalism,” Bloomberg reported.
The opposition has vowed to boycott the vote, saying the law changes were a "coup against the constitution," Sky News reported.
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