Bahrain bans main opposition activity for 3 months

Bahraini opposition representatives including Al-Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman (2L) attend a press conference in the village of Zinj, west of Manama, on October 11, 2014A Bahraini court banned the Gulf state’s main opposition movement for three months Tuesday, just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already said it would boycott. The Manama administrative court ruled that Al-Wefaq, which draws most of its support from the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shiite majority, had violated the law on associations, a court official said. Political parties are banned in key US ally Bahrain, as in other Gulf Arab monarchies. Al-Wefaq has the status of an association.

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