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Bahrain Shura Council condemns US, UK criticism of dissolving opposition Association

July 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Bahrain Shura Council has condemned the United States and Britain for criticising Manama’s decision to dissolve Shia opposition Wefaq association, calling on them to respect the country’s constitutional institutions.

The Council considered in a statement reported by Bahrain News Agency, on Tuesday, the British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, and the US State Department remarks in this regard “an interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs and an infringement of the judiciary”.

The British foreign minister has expressed “deep concern” about Bahrain decision and urged it to guarantee political freedoms for all its citizens. Meanwhile the US State Department said in a statement that the steps taken by Bahrain “to suppress non-violent opposition undermines stability in the kingdom and strains the US partnership with its Gulf ally,”.

A Bahraini court ruled on July 17 to dissolve Al-Wefaq, the largest opposition associations in the country, and the liquidation of its funds on charges of inciting violence fueling sectarianism.