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Kuwait cabinet sets snap polls date as December 1

KUWAIT CITY--The Kuwaiti cabinet on Saturday amended a controversial electoral law and set December 1 as the date for snap polls, acting on orders from the emir.

"The cabinet approved the amendment of article 2 of the electoral law to change the voting system ... and approved a decree to invite voters to elect a new national assembly on Dec. 1," it said in a statement.

The electoral constituency law, issued in 2006 after opposition-led protests, divides the country into five electoral districts, each electing 10 MPs to the 50-member parliament.

Under the legislation, each eligible voter is allowed to elect a maximum of four candidates and the government amendment reduced this number to one, the cabinet statement said.

The two draft decrees will be effective when Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issues them, likely in the coming few days. Almost all opposition groups and around 50 former MPs have condemned the decision and decided to boycott the election.

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