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Bahrain’s Shiites Seek More Control

Bahrain’s third parliamentary elections have reinforced sectarian divisions between Shiites and Sunnis and witnessed a deepening Islamic conservatism in the U.S. ally, considered among the most liberal of Gulf Arab states. Saturday’s run-off election for the lower house of parliament pitted the Shiite-led opposition against Sunnis backed by the tiny island kingdom’s government in a tight race. Shiites are believed to comprise about two-thirds of Bahrain’s population. Full Story

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