The Kuwaiti government released the results of Nov. 26 parliamentary elections, which resulted in six seats for opposition lawmakers gaining seats as well as wins for 13 newcomers from liberal and tribal parties, AP reported Nov. 27. The number of Shiite Muslim members of parliament fell, however, from nine to six. The emir will now appoint a prime minister who will then select a Cabinet within the next week. Unlike most countries of the Middle East, and particularly of the Gulf Cooperation Council, however, Kuwait has a legislative body that can affect reform, one way or another. Its parliament is one of the more powerful institutions in the country, one that often obstructs the ruling class instead of rubber-stamping its proposals.