Kuwaiti general election, 2006
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The National Assembly was dissolved by Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on 21 May 2006 after a month-long stalemate in the Assembly over an electoral reform bill. The government had sought to reduce the number of constituencies from 25 to ten, whilst the opposition favoured reducing the number to five; the reduction was aimed at reducing the effect of gerrymandering.
Following electoral reforms in May 2005, suffrage was extended to women and all Kuwaiti citizens 21 or older were allowed to vote, except for members of the armed forces.
A total of 253 candidates ran in the elections, including 28 women.
Although 54% of the eligible voters in Kuwait were women, female voters made up only 35% of the total. Pro-reform candidates were estimated to have won 33 seats, an increase of four from the 2003 elections. No women were elected.
An additional 15 members of the cabinet also became members of the National Assembly.
In late July 2006, an electoral reform law was approved, cutting the number of voting constituencies from 25 to five. Although no women were elected to the National Assembly, one woman was appointed to the 16-member cabinet headed by Prime Minister Nasser Al-Sabah.
- Elections held in 2006 IPU
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- Kuwaiti Women Join the Voting After a Long Battle for Suffrage New York Times, 30 June 2006
- Reformists sweep vote in Kuwait; women lose International Herald Tribune, 30 June 2006