Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday accepted the resignations of 11 Shia MPs who quit over the use of deadly force against pro-democracy demonstrators, in a vote exposing them to possible legal action.
The house in a unanimous vote “accepted the resignations of 11 MPs of Al-Wefaq,” which with 18 seats makes up the largest bloc in the 40-member parliament of the Shia-majority state, official news agency BNA said.
It said that parliament decided to postpone a vote on the other seven members of Al-Wefaq, which heads the opposition in the Gulf country ruled by a Sunni royal family.
Tuesday’s vote cleared the way for the possible prosecution of the outspoken former MPs now stripped of parliamentary immunity, following calls for the opposition to face charges in court.
On March 16, Bahraini security forces drove the mostly Shia protesters out of central Manama’s Pearl Square under a state of emergency, ending a month-long campaign on the streets against the regime. Agencies