Kuwaitis go to polls as economy poses challenges for the new emir

On Saturday Kuwaitis vote in legislative polls as the Gulf state faces its worst economic crisis in decades, posing a challenge for the government’s often stormy relationship with parliament, that has hampered fiscal reform.

Turnout is expected to be lower than in past elections due to concern over COVID-19, which along with low crude prices, has battered state finances in the wealthy oil-producing nation. A low turnout could strengthen the showing of tribal, Islamist, and other candidates who can rally supporters to head to polling centers, analysts said.