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govern­ment from rais­ing the prices of petrol and other ser­vices.

But the op­po­si­tion’s win raises fears that the coun­try will re­turn to po­lit­i­cal crises like be­fore the 2013 era. Op­po­si­tion can­di­dates have raised a num­ber of key is­sues as their pri­or­i­ties. These in­clude a pledge to pre­vent the govern­ment from ap­ply­ing aus­ter­ity mea­sures against Kuwaiti cit­i­zens and a prom­ise to set­tle the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of re­vok­ing cit­i­zen­ships. They also vowed to amend or com­pletely change a num­ber of highly op­pres­sive leg­is­la­tions like the DNA test law, im­pos­ing con­trols on the In­ter­net and oth­ers.

The elec­tion passed with­out any in­ci­dent and with­out al­le­ga­tions of rig­ging or de­lib­er­ate er­rors. The Shi­ite mi­nor­ity was re­duced to just six MPs from nine in the pre­vi­ous Assem­bly. They won only four seats in their main strong­hold in the first elec­toral district.

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