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Mon 23 Dec 2013 03:14 PM

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Bahraini opposition groups to boycott election

Opposition groups say slow reform, lack of political solutions force poll boycott

Bahraini opposition groups to boycott election
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Bahrain’s opposition groups will not contest the parliamentary and municipal elections next year, Gulf Daily News has reported.

Five parties including Al Wefaq National Islamic Society and the National Democratic Action Society (Wa'ad) claim the country's slow reform process and lack of political solutions have forced them to boycott the polls.

Al Wefaq senior member Abduljalil Khalil said the political societies would release an official statement soon.

"There has been no real progress made on the ground, and because of this Al Wefaq will not contest the 2014 elections," the former MP was quoted as saying.

Bahrain has endured heightened political conflict since the Arab Spring, with the ruling Al Khalifa family cracking down on dissidents amid often violent street protests.

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