Bahraini hardline Shi'ite groups demand republic

MANAMA - Three Bahraini hardline Shi'iteMuslim groups, including the leading Haq movement, said onTuesday they had created a new movement aiming at convertingBahrain's monarchy into a republic.

"This tripartite coalition adopts the choice of bringingdown the existing regime in Bahrain and the establishment of ademocratic republican system," the three groups said in a jointstatement.
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