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Kuwait's conservative tribes make gains in parliamentary elections

Results from Kuwait's parliamentary elections show conservative candidates from the country's traditional tribes making gains.

The vote comes amid escalating political showdowns in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The tribal bloc, which took at least 10 seats in the 50-member parliament, could side with Islamists leading the opposition to the Western-backed ruling family. They also will likely oppose liberals on social issues.

But Sunday's count suggests pro-government lawmakers are still expected to dominate the new chamber — Kuwait's third parliament in 17 months.

The election was called after a court invalidated the previous parliament over technical flaws in elections last December.

Turnout in Saturday's election was reported at 60 percent, suggesting a boycott effort by Islamist-led opposition groups faltered.

Kuwait has the most politically powerful parliament in among Gulf Arab states.

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