Kuwait opposition groups and their allies had bagged nearly half parliament's 50 seats today, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the oil-rich Gulf state.
The Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition contested Saturday's election after a four-year boycott protesting the government's amendment of the key voting system.
Around half of the successful opposition MPs are Islamists from a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group and Salafists.
Only one woman was elected and the Muslim Shiite minority was reduced to six seats from nine in the previous house. A third of the new parliament are new young members.
The polls saw a turnout of around 70 percent amid divisions over cuts in subsidies due to falling oil revenues.
Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah called the snap polls after dissolving the previous parliament due to a dispute over raising petrol prices.
Kuwaiti voters dealt a heavy blow to members of the outgoing parliament, retaining only 40 percent of them as two of three cabinet ministers failed in their bid for re-election.
A majority of those elected have openly said they will oppose any austerity measures by the government to boost non-oil income.
The government's overwhelming control in the previous assembly has been reduced to a fragile majority.
The majority is because unelected cabinet ministers also become members of parliament, helping to consolidate the grip of the Al-Sabah ruling family on the house.
The set-up has led to repeated standoffs between lawmakers and the ruling family and Saturday's vote was the seventh general election in a decade.
But the strength of the opposition allows them to grill ministers and possibly even vote them out of office.
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