Saturday, November 25, 2006

Discord Accompanies Bahrain Vote

Discord Accompanies Bahrain Vote - "A 214-page report disclosed in September accused a senior official of secretly plotting to sideline the country's majority Shiites. The report, released by a former government adviser, is the latest in a series of events that have exacerbated Sunni-Shiite discord in this nation of 700,000, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The report has sparked demonstrations and calls for the prime minister's resignation and an international investigation. Its release coincides with simmering tensions caused by the sectarian violence in Iraq, fears of neighboring Iran's regional ambitions and the birth of a conservative Sunni political movement here."

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