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Sun 10 Feb 2013

Bahrain resumes national dialogue

National talks in Bahrain aimed at ending the kingdom's political stalemate are set to resume after an earlier round failed to bring the opposition on board.

According to the country's Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa, the agreement to hold another round came after he reached an agreement with representatives of six opposition groups and eight associations on good terms with the government.

The opposition groups include Al-Wefaq, the largest formation in the Shiite-majority Gulf state that is ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty. The government could participate in the dialogue as a party, but could decide to only preside over the talks.

Bahrain has been shaken by unrest since its forces crushed popular Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding greater rights and an end to what the opposition said was discrimination by the Sunni royals.

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