Kuwaiti parliamentary election, February 2012
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Early general elections were held in Kuwait on 2 February 2012, the country's second in a three-year period. However, on 20 June 2012 the elections were declared invalid by the Constitutional Court, as the dissolution of Parliament in December 2011 by Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was unconstitutional, and reinstates the former parliament. In response, opposition MPs resigned from parliament and demanded a full parliamentary system.
After the dissolution of parliament, a new election was set for December 2012.
Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dissolved the National Assembly of Kuwait on 7 December 2011 citing "deteriorating conditions" amid an increasingly bitter political showdown over alleged high-level corruption. Major street demonstrations, some with crowds numbering in the tens of thousands, had been occurring with greater and greater frequency, forcing the resignation of the government for the second time in less than a year.
A group of former government parliamentarians sued to reverse the dissolution, stating that the act was unconstitutional. In response the decree to set the date for the new election was delayed. The election was eventually set for the 21st of February. 
While operating within the Constitution of Kuwait, opposition candidates are demanding significant reforms, including a constitutional monarchy. Shiite candidate and ex-MP Hussein al-Qallaf accused the opposition[which?] of wanting to share power with the ruling family, which he said would lead Kuwait into a state of chaos.
Opinion polls 
The Kuwait Times said that 34 of the 50 seats were won by opposition parties consisting of Sunni Islamists such as the Popular Action Bloc, Islamic Salafi Alliance, and Hadas. The Associated Press said that 14 seats were won by the political grouping of "Islamists that share many views with groups such as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood", and 20 seats by "tribal-based candidates". All four incumbent women candidates lost their seats in a strongly anti-incumbent election.
|formal or informal group||Seats||Ref|
|Sunni Islamist (excluding Islamic Salafi Alliance and Hadas)[vague]||(13?)|||
|Popular Action Bloc||(13?)|||
|Islamic Salafi Alliance||4|||
|Hadas (Islamic Constitutional Movement)||4|||
|Total (turnout: >60%)||50|
- Faisal al-Duwaisan with 14,094 votes.[which?]
- Jamaan al-Harbash (or Jama'an al-Hirbish) with 8,475 votes.[which?]
- Faisal al-Mislem al-Otaibi with 16,383 votes.
- Musallam al-Barrak.[which?]
- Falah al-Sawwagh.[which?]
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- The 4 Feb Kuwait Times article gives 34 - (4+4) = 26 seats to Sunni Islamists and the Popular Action Bloc together. These are entered as 13 for each pending more information. An update is likely to be published at this IPU page (see the archive).
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