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Bahraini King visits S Arabia amid unrest

Posted by on February 24, 2011 0 Comment

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has visited Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, as the pro-democracy revolution is gaining ground in Bahrain.

King Hamad arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday to discuss the restive situation in his country with his key regional ally, The New York Times reported.

The visit happened just after king Abdullah himself returned from a long medical trip to the United States.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s opposition has set Thursday the deadline for the government’s resignation.

The opposition has threatened unless the government resigns, the Bahrainis will go on a nationwide strike and hold more massive demonstrations.

Bahraini demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom and a say in the government are met.

Meanwhile, exiled leader of the opposition Haq movement, who had been scheduled to arrive from the United Kingdom to join Tuesday’s demonstrations, has not returned home.

Hassan Mashaima had flown from London to Doha, Qatar, but then flew on to Beirut, Lebanon. It was not immediately clear what caused Mashaima to delay his return to the Persian Gulf country.

At least seven people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries in violent government crackdown on Bahrain’s pro-democracy protesters, which have started since over a week ago.

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