Bahrain to reinstate education ministry staff

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Posted: Dec 22, 2011 10:37 AM
Bahrain to reinstate education ministry staff

Bahrain's official news agency says 79 education ministry employees who were dismissed from their jobs during months of protests will get their jobs back.

The Bahrain News Agency said Thursday the employees would be back on the job by January 1.

The move comes two days after the Gulf kingdom said it would reinstate 180 other civil servants in the new year.

More than 1,600 suspected opposition supporters have been pushed out of their jobs since March, when Bahrain's Sunni rulers started cracking down on Shiite-led protesters campaigning for more rights.

Bahraini labor groups say up to 2,500 people were purged from public and private sector jobs during the unrest. The government puts the number at 1,623.

The tiny island kingdom is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.