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Bahrain seeks to dissolve main opposition group

Ministry says it is raising legal action to dissolve the Islamic Action party and Wefaq group

Bahrain seeks to dissolve main opposition group
LEGAL ACTION Bahrain is to seek court approval to dissolve the main led by Sheikh Ali Salman (Getty Images)

Bahrain said on Thursday it would seek court approval to dissolve the main opposition
group Wefaq, its strongest action yet against a mainstream group with the most
opposition seats in parliament.

"The Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs announced it is raising
legal action to dissolve the Islamic Action party and Wefaq group," a
statement on the Bahrain News Agency said.

"This is because of major violations of the constitution and laws of
the kingdom, undertaking activities that harmed social peace, national unity,
and inciting disrespect for constitutional institutions."

Last month Bahrain's rulers crushed weeks of protests, spreading security
forces throughout the capital and calling in troops from Gulf neighbours Saudi
Arabia and the UAE.