Bahrain: Shiite opposition group increases power in new parliament
Bahrain's main Shiite opposition group, the Islamic National Accord Association, won 18 of parliament's 40 seats in Saturday poll, the electoral commission said on Sunday. The 18 candidates of INAA, which won 17 parliamentary seats at the last election in 2006, were elected in the first round of the legislative poll held on Saturday, electoral commission chairman Abdullah al-Buainain was quoted as saying by AFP.
Nine seats remain up for grabs in the second round of voting which is set to take place on October 30.
Earlier, the opposition had slammed the process, saying Shiite voters had been turned away from polling booths. The head of the largest Shiite bloc lodged allegations of irregularities just less than an hour before voting closed.