Kuwait City: Thousands of protesters have gathered outside Kuwait`s parliament to denounce voting law changes and to rally around calls to boycott next month`s parliamentary election.
Rights groups estimate 18,000 people joined the peaceful demonstration, the latest sign of the Gulf nation`s deepening political crisis.
Opposition groups led by Islamists say they will stay away from the polls Dec. 1 to protest a decree by Kuwait`s ruler that ended a complex election system in favor of a one-person-one-vote method.
They claim the emir overstepped his authority by making the changes.
Such a move could further deepen Kuwait`s political clashes between the Islamist-led opposition and the Western-backed rulers.