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Kuwaiti candidate and former parliament speaker Marzouq Al Ghanem (C) celebrates with his supporters in Kuwait City following the announcment of his victory in the parliamentary election early on November 27, 2016. Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP

Kuwait – The outcome of the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections caused a great shock as it toppled prominent forces in the parliamentary sector and gave a great boost to the youths.

Great number of candidates of the previous majority as well as candidates of the opposition failed the elections. The Shiite representation in the parliament also dropped to six members instead of nine in the previous parliament.

On the other hand, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked group won four seats while the Salafists lost some prominent figures.

In the same context, there is a huge opposition in the parliament to the re-election of former parliament speaker Marzouq Al Ghanem; if the opposition succeeded in joining efforts then a solid bloc might be formed but observers express doubts in this regard.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued on September a decree to dissolve the national assembly upon the request of the government due to “regional risks” and “security challenges” that are facing the country.

This step reflects the wish to establish an assembly that shareس with the government the economic challenges, especially after the deficit reached KWD4.6 billion (USD15.3 billion) during the fiscal year 2015-2016. This deficit is the highest since 16 years due to drop in oil prices worldwide.

Analysts said that debates are likely after this new formation of the national assembly. “The Brotherhood- linked group boycott of the assembly made it good, though it would have been better if it participated and objected over the government decisions,” analyst Ibrahim al-Hadban, who teaches political science at Kuwait University, told Reuters.