Vote counting is under way in Kuwait after a day of polling ended for a new parliament, the second ballot in ten months.
Members of Kuwait's Shia minority are set to win about 15 seats of the 50-member parliament, their largest share ever, as the Sunni-dominated opposition boycotted the Saturday's elections. Shias had held only seven seats in the previous parliament.
The first results are expected after midnight , as ballot papers in Kuwait are still counted manually.
The polls have been marked by sharp divisions between the ruling family-led government and an opposition boycotting the polls over a change to the electoral law.
Opposition groups, ranging from hardline Islamists to Western-leaning liberals, have bitterly denounced a decree in October by Kuwait's emir to change the balloting system.