Kuwaiti cabinet sets December 1 for snap polls

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The two draft decrees will be effective when Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issues them, likely in the coming few days.

The cabinet acted on orders from the emir who on Friday said the voting system must be amended immediately to deal with shortcomings in the law and to safeguard national unity against sectarian, tribal and factional tensions.

Almost all opposition groups and around 50 former MPs have condemned the decision and decided to boycott the election.

The opposition also called on the Kuwaiti people to demonstrate on Sunday against the decision as the interior ministry warned it will forcefully prevent any illegal protests.

Kuwait, an OPEC member pumping around 3.0 million barrels per day, has been rocked by almost non-stop political crises since 2006 that have resulted in the cabinet resigning nine times and parliament dissolved on six occasions.

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