Kuwait vote boycott deepens rift between city and tribes

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A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister away during clashes with anti-riot police at a protest against the election results in Kuwait in this December 4, 2012 file photo. In a room scented with incense, twelve men in long traditional robes sip sweet tea and debate the future for Kuwait's tribes at one of many ''diwaniya'' across the country, a tradition of evening social gatherings older than Kuwait itself. In the Saber al-Nasser area where the diwaniya took place some 20 km (12 miles) outside Kuwait City, police had to use tear gas and make arrests to disperse local youths protesting the voting changes in rare clashes in recent weeks. To match Feature KUWAIT-TRIBES/ REUTERS/Obaida al Ahmad/Files