Two opposition groups, including Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, will not contest the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.
A third society could also follow suit in a move described by Sunni group
Iranian voters weary of years of economic isolation and tightening political restrictions threw down a blunt demand for change on Saturday by handing a moderate cleric a landslide victory in a presidential electi
Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years.
But in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of
Egypt's bourse is seen drifting next week as investors shy away from taking big bets ahead of elections that may not clear the doubts already clouding the country's macro-economic outlook, said experts.
The May 23 and 24 presidenti
Thousands of Bahrainis turned out to vote in yesterday's (September 24) parliament by-election, braving threats and intimidation to cast their ballots for the 14 seats available in the Northern, Manama and Central Governorates.
Foreign journalists will be allowed into Bahrain to cover Saturday's by-election, despite fears they will use the polls as a cover to film one-sided broadcasts with radical groups, said a senior official.
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Volunteers from a Bahrain youth society will help monitor polling stations for violations during this month's by-election, said a top official.
"We are the only youth group that will monitor the by-election," said Rashid Al Ghayeb, deputy
Bahrain is to hold by-elections in September to replace opposition MPs who resigned in February.
Voters will go to the polls on September 24 and a second round runoff will be held if necessary on October 1, Justice, Islamic Affairs and End
Bahrain's Cabinet has approved an amendment reducing voting age from 20 to 18.
'The move reflects the government's firm keenness to expand the youngsters' political participation,' Cabinet Affairs Minister Kamal bin Ahm
New elections will take place in constituencies no longer represented in parliament, after the resignations of 11 Bahrain MPs were accepted.
They must be held within two months of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (Endowment) Minister Sha