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11/25/06

Bahrainis Vote in Parliamentary Elections

By VOA News

Citizens in Bahrain are voting Saturday to elect a new parliament.

More than 200 candidates are competing for seats in the country's 40-member assembly. The country is set to get its first-ever female member of parliament, as Latifa al-Qooud is running unopposed in her constituency. Nearly 20 women are running for office.

Bahrain's other house of parliament is appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

On Friday, more than 1,000 Bahrainis protested in the capital, Manama, against alleged election irregularities.

The demonstrators demanded an investigation into claims by former government adviser Salah al-Bandar that the government was plotting to maintain Sunni Arab dominance in parliament.

Bahrain's Shi'ite majority opposition is hoping to make gains in the vote after boycotting the 2002 election.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters

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