Female Candidates Lose MP Bids in Kuwait

All of the female candidates in Kuwait’s parliamentary election lost their bids to become MPs.

All of the  28 female candidates in Kuwait’s parliamentary election lost their bids to become MPs.

The National Assembly’s 50 seats were all won by male candidates belonging to the “unofficial” opposition. 

Of the previous 50 MPs, 44 ran for re-election and only 19 of them managed to get seats.

Overall there were 326 who ran in the recent election that was held in five districts, with each district electing ten deputies.

The Kuwaiti Women’s Cultural and Social Society head Lulwa Saleh Al-Mulla said there was no women’s representation in the current assembly but was hopeful because there is a new generation of MPs.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voter turnout was at 60 percent.

“Still, the people participated positively in the polls for change and toppled some of the corrupt elements that distorted the image of democracy and abused their positions in the assembly,” said Al-Mulla.

This is the first parliamentary election under the new ruler, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who took office in September

The recent election is the first under the new ruler, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who took office in September, and the first all-male assembly since 2012.


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