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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s ruler says he is pardoning all those convicted of offending him.

A Kuwaiti man cast his vote at a polling station in Rumaithiya

A Kuwaiti man cast his vote at a polling station in Rumaithiya, Kuwait, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Kuwaiti voters braved searing heat in the middle of the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast to cast ballots Saturday in parliamentary elections that leaders in the oil-rich Gulf nation hope can restore some stability after years of escalating confrontations between its Western-backed rulers and an Islamist-led opposition. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)

The move is an apparent effort to cool political tensions after last week’s parliamentary elections in the Gulf nation.

The official Kuwait News Agency gave no further details on Wednesday about Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah’s announcement. It came during a speech for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The ruler said the pardon extends to “all” — meaning it would apparently apply to jailed opposition figures and online activists.

Over the past two years, dozens of people have been charged with remarks deemed offensive to the emir, which is a crime in Kuwait.

It’s part of similar crackdowns around the Gulf Arab states that have brought harsh criticism from rights groups.

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