Roughly a month after the legislative elections held in February 2016, the Guardian Council was still in validating the results. Votes were recounted in several provinces and hardliners, who suffered a significant loss in the elections, used the process to eliminate moderate or reformist figures in an attempt to influence the political makeup of the new assembly and offset their electoral defeat.
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Assessing the last six months of political and economic development for the Emirates is less a focus on challenges to stability, and more an assessment of how the ruling elites rebalance to maintain control.