Tear gas fired at protesters


Kuwaiti security forces fired tear gas yesterday to disperse a banned demonstration by about 2,000 opposition supporters against new voting rules for parliamentary elections on December 1st.

Next month’s elections will be Kuwait’s second this year, after an opposition bloc won a majority in polls in February.

That parliament was effectively dissolved by a court ruling in June that reinstated a more pro-government assembly, but the old legislature was unable to meet due to a boycott by politicians, leading to another dissolution and a call by the emir for snap elections to end the deadlock. – (Reuters)