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14 Oct 2018 | 11:45 AM UTC

Bahrain: Shi’a opposition calls for elections boycott November 24 /update 1

Bahrain News Alert

Bahraini Shi’a opposition Al-Wefaq calls for parliamentary elections boycott November 24; associated demonstrations possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/7/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/24/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bahrain). COUNTRY/REGION Bahrain

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Event

The Bahraini Shi'a opposition group Al-Wefaq has called for supporters to boycott parliamentary elections scheduled on November 24. Associated political demonstrations are possible ahead of the elections. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near election-related demonstrations and other events.

Context

Shi'a Muslims in Bahrain make up a majority of the population but are governed by a Sunni royal family and a Sunni government, which Shi'as accuse of marginalizing their community. The Bahraini government regularly blames the Shi'a community for destabilizing the country with the support of Iran. Protests often take place in locations across Bahrain on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and can result in violent clashes.

Advice

Individuals in Bahrain are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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