Election condemned after opposition ban

“But the validity of these elections has been thrown into question by a ban imposed on opposition parties and a life sentence this month handed down to the opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of leading opposition political party, Al-Wefaq” writes Patrick Wintour for Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said: “Clearly, legislatures from the world’s leading democratic states believe that the upcoming election in Bahrain lacks legitimacy.Under these conditions, Bahrain’s elections cannot be recognised by the international community as free, fair, or legitimate”.

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