Pro-government candidates win in Bahrain runoffs

AP News
Posted: Oct 30, 2010 8:15 PM
Pro-government candidates win in Bahrain runoffs

Official results show pro-government candidates have won all nine parliamentary seats up for grabs in Bahrain's runoff elections.

The results announced early Sunday by state media give pro-government Sunni candidates a combined total of 22 seats in the 40-member legislature from two rounds of voting.

They also leave the country's embattled Shiite majority with 18 seats _ the same as in the outgoing parliament.

Most of the runoffs Saturday were between pro-government candidates. The first round of voting was held last week.

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The election took place amid a sweeping crackdown by the tiny island nation's Sunni rulers against Shiites accused of trying to destabilize the country. Bahrain's majority Shiites say they only seek greater rights.

Bahrain is a strategic U.S. ally.