KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - Kuwait on Monday issued a permit to allow the opposition to stage a demonstration on the eve of a disputed general election, the interior ministry and activists said.

“We found the request submitted by the organisers fulfilled conditions set by the interior ministry and accordingly we issued the necessary licence,” interior ministry spokesman Colonel Adel al-Hashash told a news conference. The ministry has insisted the protest be peaceful, he said. Authorities banned two previous protests on October 21 and November 4 but the opposition went ahead and staged processions which turned violent. More than 150 protesters and 24 policemen were slightly injured when riot police used teargas and stun grenades to disperse the two rallies.