Shiite minority loses more than half of seats in parliamentary vote

July 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

KUWAIT CITY, July 28 (UPI) -- Kuwait's Shiite minority lost more than half their seats in the country's parliamentary elections, election returns released Sunday show.

Saturday's vote resulted in the Shiite candidates taking just eight seats in Kuwait's 50-member parliament -- down from the 17 they held since last December's election, Voice of America reported.

Elections officials organized Saturday's vote to replace the legislative body elected in December after a court ruled in June that the results from the earlier ballot were flawed.

One of the main changes to voting in the recent election was a reduction in the number of votes each citizen could cast from four to one.

Opposition groups alleged the change was made to prevent the opposition from gaining a parliamentary majority. Supporters of the change say the measure was designed to prevent political stalemates.

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