A Bahraini woman holds a scarf reading "I love my country" at a rally organised by Al-Wefaq in Sitra on Sunday
A Bahraini woman holds a scarf reading "I love my country" as thousands of Shiite Bahrainis take part in a rally in Sitra, south of Manama, on June 17, 2011 in the second mass demonstration organised by Al-Wefaq opposition group since a mid-March crackdown on pro-democracy protests. AFP PHOTO/ADAM JAN © Adam Jan - AFP
A Bahraini woman holds a scarf reading
Last updated: July 18, 2011

Bahrain opposition pull out of talks

Bahrain's main Shiite opposition bloc, Al-Wefaq, said on Sunday it was pulling out of a "national dialogue" with the government on political reform because the initiative was not serious.

Khalil al-Marzuk, who led the bloc's delegation to the talks, told AFP that Al-Wefaq had decided to pull out and the decision would be confirmed on Monday by its Shura (consultative) council, or leadership.

Since the July 2 launch of the national dialogue, aimed at political reforms after Shiite-led protests were crushed in a bloody crackdown in March, Al-Wefaq has called for a government led by a parliamentary majority.

Al-Wefaq has stressed it is not calling for the fall of the regime in Shiite-majority Bahrain, which is ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al-Khalifa dynasty.

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