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1716 Kurum Ash-Sharqia general election

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1716 Kurum Ash-Sharqia general election
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1715 ←
1716 AN
→ 1720

100 seats in Al-Majlis Al-Watani
  First party Second party Third party
  Naoufal Molenaar.jpg Mohamed Van de Vijver.png Nasir de Vries.jpg
Leader Naoufal Molenaar Mohamed Van de Vijver Nasir de Vries
Party IPP Sec.A SP
Leader since 1714 AN 1700 AN 1713 AN
Seats before 44 35 18
Seats won 47 27 23
Seat change 3 8 5

Fourth party
  Anas Gamal.jpg
Leader Anas Gamal
Party UP

Leader since 1708 AN
Seats before 3
Seats won 3
Seat change Steady

Grand Vizier before election

Mohamed Van de Vijver
Secular Alliance

Elected Grand Vizier

Naoufal Molenaar
Islamic People's Party

The 1716 general election was held in Kurum Ash-Sharqia to elect the 6th session of Al-Majlis Al-Watani. The election was held on the 20th day of 1716 AN. 100 seats in Al-Majlis Al-Watani were up for election.

Al-Majlis Al-Watani was dissolved by the Sultan when the cabinet lost its parliamentary majority after a vote of no confidence. The Socialist Platform withdrew its support for the Secular Alliance led coalition. Several days before, Grand Vizier Mohamed Van de Vijver declared his intention to go ahead with constitutional reform and remove religious references from the constitution, in spite of their coalition partner's reluctance.

Mohamed Van de Vijver's cabinet was in office for little more than one year. The Secular Alliance lost 8 seats. Not necessarily because voters became less secular, but because the Secular Alliance was unable to deliver. Many voters moved to the Socialist Platform, gaining 5 seats.

The Islamic People's Party gained seats for the first time in 8 years. A year in the opposition convinced voters to return, as well as the perception that the IPP is a steady factor in Kurum Ash-Sharqian politics, as opposed to the Sec.A.