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Religious leaders forbidden from political groups in Bahrain

New law approved by King Hamad after endorsement by parliament in May

Religious leaders forbidden from political groups in Bahrain
Bahrain Shura Council and House of Representatives in Manama. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

People in religious roles are no longer allowed to be members of political societies in Bahrain.

The new law follows amendments to the 2005 Political Societies Law, which was approved by parliament in May and by Bahrain’s King Hamad on Saturday, reported Gulf Daily News.

It states that religious individuals are forbidden from participating in political societies, encouraging political ideologies, supporting political groups, pursuing personal gain through their positions, or discouraging unity and stability in Bahrain.

However, because the parliament is not administered by the Political Societies Law, the changes will not apply to the positions of current MPs or affect the candidacy for parliament elections.

The law will be applied starting from its publication date in the Official Gazette.