Tens of thousands protest against changes to electoral law in Kuwait

Posted: November 14, 2012 in News
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Press TV

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have held a demonstration in the capital to protest against changes to an electoral law, which the opposition has called a constitutional coup by the government.

The protesters gathered at a square opposite the country’s parliament in Kuwait City late on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the constitution and to demand the abrogation of the disputed electoral law.

According to opposition activists, around 200,000 people attended Sunday’s demonstration whereas independent sources put the figure at about 50,000.

The demonstrators chanted that “the people want the repeal of the law,” which was ordered by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to change the voting system.

“The law aims at preventing Kuwaiti popular participation in governance… and to establish autocratic rule and exploit the country’s resources,” former MP Khaled al-Sultan told the crowd.

“The amendment of the law is a breach of the constitution……

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