Bahrain seeks to dissolve two Shi'ite opposition groups: BNA

13:50, April 15, 2011      

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Bahrain's justice ministry said it has filed a lawsuit to disband the country's main Shi'ite opposition groups because the two groups have breached the constitution and undertaken practices that harm social peace and national unity, the state-run BNA news agency reported on Thursday.

The agency said the two groups in question were Al-Wefaq group, the main Shiite opposition group, and the Islamic Action party, a second opposition group.

Last month, the Bahraini parliament unanimously voted to accept the resignations of 11 Al-Wefaq lawmakers, paving the way for their prosecution.

The lawmakers, along with seven others, have rendered their resignation in protest at the government's violence against demonstrators demanding more political and economic reforms.

Al-Wefaq has decided to walk out of the 40-member house over the death of two Shi'ite protesters, who were killed in clashes with the police on Feb. 15.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa family where the majority Shi'ite population says they are facing discrimination in jobs and other services. The kingdom denies such claims.

Bahrain is the only Gulf nation along with Kuwait with an elected parliament, but laws must be approved by the king- appointed Shura council, the upper chamber of Bahrain's parliament.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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