Sunnis lose Bahrain parliament majority

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Sunday, 31 October 2010


bahrainSunnis in the Bahraini government have lost control over the parliament after independent candidates extended their lead to 13 seats.

The results of the second round of the country's legislative elections were announced early on Sunday.

Shia opposition group al-Wefaq had already secured 18 out of 40 seats in the first round of the legislative elections in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Shias and independent candidates now have most seats in Bahrain's new parliament.
The results are a major blow to Sunnis, who had dominated the last two parliaments.

A total of 127 candidates were competing in the elections, which came in the wake of a crackdown on Shia opposition activists.

Bahrain's National Assembly is made up of two chambers. The lower house has 40 elected members and the upper house has 40 members appointed by the country's King.

The Shia opposition refuses to recognize the 2002 constitution and has called for an electoral boycott.

The Shias comprise the majority of Bahrain's population. They have, however, long complained about being discriminated against by the Bahraini government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

Amnesty International has criticized Manama over the pre-election crackdown on the Shia opposition figures and rights activists.

The Human Rights Watch and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) -- a non-profit body with the stated aim of promoting democratic standards in the region -- have also noted the campaign of suppression ahead of the polls.

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The results are a major blow to Sunnis, who had dominated the last two parliaments.

A total of 127 candidates were competing in the elections, which came in the wake of a crackdown on Shia opposition activists.

Bahrain's National Assembly is made up of two chambers. The lower house has 40 elected members and the upper house has 40 members appointed by the country's King.

The Shia opposition refuses to recognize the 2002 constitution and has called for an electoral boycott.

The Shias comprise the majority of Bahrain's population. They have, however, long complained about being discriminated against by the Bahraini government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

Amnesty International has criticized Manama over the pre-election crackdown on the Shia opposition figures and rights activists.

The Human Rights Watch and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) -- a non-profit body with the stated aim of promoting democratic standards in the region -- have also noted the campaign of suppression ahead of the polls.

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