Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

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Oct. 16: Latifa al-Gaoud became Bahrain's first female MP and the only parliamentary candidate to win unopposed as registration for the November 25 parliamentary race closed. Gaoud would be the first woman elected as a MP in a Gulf state. Of the 199 candidates who registered for the election, 16 were women. [GN, 10/17]

Nov. 20: According to the Bahrain Transparency Society (BTS), 270 voting violations had been reported in the run-up to the municipal and parliamentary elections. The BTS, which ran a hotline to record the incidents, documented 79 actual violations. Of particular concern to the BTS was the improper influencing of the voters by religious figures. [GN, 11/20]

Nov. 25: In parliamentary elections, Bahrain's Shi'ite opposition party - Al-Wifaq National Islamic Society - secured 16 out of 40 seats, falling short of the 17 that they contested. Despite this win, party leaders were doubtful that they could wield "much political power in the Sunni-led kingdom." Meanwhile, Sunni Islamist groups won eight seats, asuring an Islamist majority of 24 seats between the two sects. [BBC, 11/25]

Dec. 12: Following parliamentary elections, Jawad bin Salam al-Urayd was named Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister, marking the first time a Shi'ite was appointed to that office in Bahrain's history. Al-Urayd was one of three Deputy Prime Ministers in Bahrain's government. …

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