Bahrain opposition faces suspension for three months

July 21, 2014 - 4:43:04 am
General Secretary of Bahrain's main opposition party Al Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman holding a banner with photo of Shi'ite scholar, Sheikh Hasan Najaty, who was stripped off his Bahraini nationality last year and is being deported, marches during an anti-government protest in Al A'ali south of Manama, April 18, 2014.  


DUBAI: Bahrain has filed a lawsuit to suspend Al Wefaq’s activities for three months after the largest Shia opposition group allegedly violated the kingdom’s law on associations, the official BNA news agency said yesterday.

Political parties are banned in Bahrain and Al Wefaq has the status of an association.

The ministry of justice said Al Wefaq must rectify its “illegal status following the annulment of four general assemblies for lack of a quorum, non-commitment to the public and transparency requirements for holding them,” as per Bahraini regulations.