KUWAIT - Kuwaiti opposition groups were preparing to protest on Sunday against what they called a constitutional coup by the government, setting up a potential showdown with security forces under orders to confront them "decisively".

The government, dominated by the Al-Sabah royal family, announced last week it was calling elections for December 1 and would change the electoral law "to preserve national unity".

The announcement was the latest move in an intensifying power struggle between the ruling establishment and parliament that has seen eight governments come and go since the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, came to power in 2006.

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