Economic development was key for many Kuwaitis, but Saturday's parliamentary poll seated tribal leaders and Islamists, signaling more political stagnation ahead. While women won the right to vote in 2005, no female candidates were elected.
Speculation and a falling dollar may now be as important as supply and demand, analysts say.
The investment push, fueled by a new sovereign wealth fund and eager Russian businessmen, has raised concerns of Moscow meddling abroad.
The high cost of oil and gasoline could act as a tax on consumers and undercut the government's stimulus plan.
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