Kuwait approves decree to hold December 5 National Assembly elections

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Kuwait is expected to hold its next elections on December 5 to vote for members of the country’s National Assembly in its 16th legislative term, according to a draft decree approved by Kuwait’s cabinet.

The general elections were expected to be held as early as November 28 but had been postponed given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Kuwait last held a general election for the National Assembly in November 2016. In that election cycle, only one woman, Safa al-Hashem, was elected to the Kuwaiti parliament.

Al-Hashem became the ninth woman to be elected to Kuwait’s 50-member National Assembly since women gained the right to vote and run in national elections in 2005.

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