Pro-government candidates win in Bahrain runoffs

October 31, 2010 02:36

MANAMA, Bahrain  — Official results show pro-government candidates have won all nine parliamentary seats up for grabs in Bahrain's runoff elections.

The results announced early Sunday by state media give pro-government Sunni candidates a combined total of 22 seats in the 40-member legislature from two rounds of voting.They also leave the country's embattled Shiite majority with 18 seats — the same as in the outgoing parliament.

Most of the runoffs Saturday were between pro-government candidates. The first round of voting was held last week.

The election took place amid a sweeping crackdown by the tiny island nation's Sunni rulers against Shiites accused of trying to destabilize the country. Bahrain's majority Shiites say they only seek greater rights.

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