Political infighting in Kuwait is nothing new. In fact, for decades it has been the norm in the Gulf's oldest parliament.

But the parliamentary elections held on Saturday - as well as yielding Kuwait's first-ever female MPs - have also been described as the fiercest the country has ever seen.

But with three elections in as many years, can a compromise between Western democracy and tribal society achieve stability and progress?

And can Kuwait still be considered a role model for democracy in the Gulf?

Inside Story with guests Gregory Gause, a professor of political science at the American University of Kuwait, Nasser al-Sane, a Kuwaiti MP and head of the International Organisation for Parliamentarians against Corruption, and Adnan al-Duleimi, a Kuwait economist and consultant, discuss.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera