October 23, 2010

THE MAJORITY WILL RULE:

Bahrainis go to polls amid sectarian tension (Frederik Richter, 10/22/10, Reuters)

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has a Shi'ite Muslim majority population but is governed by the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty, which allies Saudi Arabia and the United States see as a bulwark against the regional influence of Shi'ite power Iran.

Saturday's election was the third since the creation of the current parliament, which has limited powers since bills need to pass an upper house whose members are appointed by the king. [...]

The run-up to the vote was overshadowed by a broad security crackdown against some Shi'ite opposition groups in August that also targeted bloggers and human rights activists. Next week, 23 men charged with plotting to overthrow the political system will appear in court for the first hearing in their trial.

Observers said the level of participation and any increase in street protests after the elections would be more telling than the actual results, where few changes were expected.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2010 7:24 AM
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