Shiite MPs' resignations accepted in Bahrain: BNA

10:54, May 18, 2011      

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Bahrain's parliament voted on Tuesday to accept the resignations of seven lawmakers, from the country's main Shiite opposition group, who had walked out in a protest at the government's crackdown on demonstrators in February, the state-run BNA news agency reported.

The seven lawmakers, representing al-Wefaq, rendered their resignation along with other 11 Shiite lawmakers from the same bloc, whose resignations were previously accepted.

Al-Wefaq has decided to walk out of the 40-member house over the death of two Shiite protesters, who were killed in clashes with 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 Shiite 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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