Protests continue in Kuwait as emir reappoints PM
Protests in Kuwait
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Hundreds of demonstrators in Kuwait took to the streets outside of the country's capital on Wednesday, for the third consecutive night of protests since last weekend's parliamentary elections.
In October Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, used emergency powers to change the electoral law, cutting the number of votes per citizen from four to one. He claimed his decree would fix a flawed system and ensure national unity.
Opposition activists, who boycotted Saturday's polls, say the change favours pro-government parties.
On Wednesday night protestors on the outskirts of Kuwait City set off fireworks and chanted: “One, one, one, we don't want one vote,” Reuters reported.
The recent spate of protests go against the government's decision in October to enforce a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people, unless approved by the Interior Ministry.
Despite calls for political reform, earlier on Wednesday the emir reappointed Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah as prime minister.
Sheikh Jaber submitted the resignation of his five-month-old cabinet on Monday, as required by constitution. He must now form a new government before parliament sits on 16 December.