Bahrain: Shi'ites lose bid to control parliament

By
December 3, 2006 02:05

Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition lost a historic bid early Sunday to gain control of the island kingdom's parliament after failing to win enough seats in a runoff election. The opposition, led by the country's downtrodden majority Shiites, gained two seats during Saturday's runoff, for a total of 18 of the 40 seats in the parliament's elected lower house, Bahrain state-run television reported, citing official election results. Pro-government Sunnis took nine seats during the runoff, for a total of 22 parliament seats. Despite failing to win a majority, the election was being hailed as a major step forward for Bahrain's Shiites and democracy. The election was the first in which the Shiite-led opposition made a strong run in parliament, after boycotting the elections in 2002 _ the country's first after 26 years of direct rule by the al-Khalifa royal family. Shiites have long complained they are squeezed out of power by the Sunni monarchy.


Related Content

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students.
February 22, 2018
Israeli father of Florida shooting survivor: Arming teachers a grave mistake

By AVRAHAM GOLD

Israel Weather
  • 9 - 22
    Beer Sheva
    10 - 20
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 9 - 16
    Jerusalem
    11 - 19
    Haifa
  • 17 - 25
    Elat
    12 - 22
    Tiberias