Bahrain opposition fails to gain majority
Bahrain's secular opposition group Waad lost the two seats it contested in a second round of elections, results indicated on Sunday. Wefaq, the main opposition group representing Bahrain's majority Shi'ites, had hoped victory by Waad would help the two groups win more power for the chamber.
According to Reuters, Wefaq gained 18 seats in the 40-seat chamber in the first round a week ago, but Saturday's second round left pro-government Sunni parties and largely pro-government independents in a majority.
Election results published in an official statement on Sunday showed the two remaining candidates of Wefaq's ally Waad both lost their races in the second round. A third Waad candidate lost in the first round.