November 25, 2006

IF WE'RE MAJORITARIAN, WE'RE PRO-SHI'A:

Discord Accompanies Bahrain Vote: Charges Against Ruling Sunni Minority Mar Run-Up to Election Today (Faiza Saleh Ambah, November 25, 2006, Washington Post)

Friction between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in this strategic Persian Gulf kingdom, which is holding its second parliamentary elections in three decades, has clouded the voting set here for Saturday.

The campaign for the National Assembly's 40-member lower house has been marred by an alleged plot by a senior government official to rig the elections in favor of the ruling Sunni minority.

A 214-page report disclosed in September accused a senior official of secretly plotting to sideline the country's majority Shiites. The report, released by a former government adviser, is the latest in a series of events that have exacerbated Sunni-Shiite discord in this nation of 700,000, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2006 9:46 AM
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