Discussion Papers

No.730 Political Participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait:The Impacts of Electoral Reforms and the Arab Uprising

by Hirotake Ishiguro

November 2018


This paper examines the impacts of electoral reforms and the Arab Spring on the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. The Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM), its political wing, has been participating in parliamentary elections since 1991. As a result of electoral reforms in 2006, the ICM lost some of its seats. However, it gained seats in the February 2012 election. Focusing on the structure of political competition in Kuwait, we analyse the reasons for this volatility.

Keywords: Kuwait, Election, Muslim Brotherhood, Arab Uprising

JEL classification:D72, F50, N45

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