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Bahrain Accepts 7 MPs Resignations

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TEHRAN, May 17 (ICANA) – Bahrain's parliament has accepted the resignations of seven al-Wefaq opposition lawmakers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:50:29 PM
Bahrain Accepts 7 MPs Resignations

Bahrain's parliament has voted to accept the resignations of seven opposition lawmakers who protested against the violence of the ruling government.

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the parliament announced "accepting the resignation of the remaining members” of Bahrain's main opposition party, al-Wefaq, AFP reported on Tuesday.

On February 27, the 18 members of al-Wefaq officially resigned from the parliament, with the legislature approving 11 of the resignation notices.

On September 24, Bahrain's by-elections will be held to replace the resigned lawmakers.

Earlier in May, plainclothes Bahraini forces kidnapped two of the party's members, Mattar Ibrahim Mattar and Jawad Fairooz.

The anti-government protesters in Bahrain have been calling for political reforms since February 14, originally demanding a constitutional monarchy and an end to widespread state corruption and discrimination.

Following brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters by Bahraini and invading Saudi Arabian and UAE forces, the popular protests also demand an end to the rule of the US-backed Al Khalifa family, which has ruled the Middle Eastern country for over 40 years.

However, the deadly crackdown on Bahrain's popular movement has so far left dozens of people dead, with many still listed as missing. Hundreds of people, including medical doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals, have been detained, harassed and even tortured for helping or sympathizing with protesters.

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