Bahrain oppn to boycott election unless deal reached

June 01, 2014 - 3:20:52 am
A Bahraini protestor runs for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following an anti-regime demonstration in the village of Abu Saiba, West of Manama, yesterday.

MANAMA: Bahrain’s opposition parties will boycott parliamentary elections due to take place this year unless the government guarantees the vote will reflect the will of the people, a statement from the opposition said yesterday.

 “The National Democratic Opposition Parties in Bahrain announced they are to boycott the coming Parliamentary elections unless a clear political agreement is reached,” said the statement issued after a meeting at the headquarters of Al Wefaq, the main opposition movement.

“These elections must produce an elected government reflecting the will of the people, an independent judiciary and a security services that reflect Bahrain’s diversity.”

The groups urged the international community to help them pursue a peaceful democratic transition. “The opposition will work on developing the peaceful popular struggle for democracy,” the statement said. “We will stick to political activism that is based only on peaceful principles and continue to reject all and any violence.”

Bahrain has been in turmoil since protests erupted in 2011. Talks between the government and opposition have failed to end the political standoff.  Reuters

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