Thousands protest in Kuwait City

Demonstrators call for parliament to be dissolved after poll boycotted by the opposition.

Al Jazeera, December 9

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have staged a peaceful protest against the parliament elected last week under voting rules deemed unfair by the opposition.

The opposition supporters demonstrated for the second week in a row as police watched the protest without interfering on Saturday.

“This parliament is illegitimate, this [electoral law] amendment is illegal,” chanted the protesters, as they marched in Kuwait City, heading for Kuwait Towers, a major landmark by the Gulf.

Rule changes passed by an emergency decree in October, which reduced the number of votes per citizen to one from four, have prompted a spate of mass demonstrations and led the opposition to boycott the December 1 election.

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