Protesters holding a signs march during a rally organised by Bahrain's main opposition party Al Wefaq in Budaiya, west of Manama September 19, 2014.
REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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King Hamad has set a November 22 date for Bahrain's first parliamentary elections since a Shiite-led uprising rocked the Sunni-ruled Gulf state in 2011 .In a copy of a royal decree published on the official BNA news agency late Monday, King Hamad urged eligible voters to elect members of the 40-seat lower house of parliament.The lower house has the authority to examine and pass legislation proposed by the king or cabinet and also has monitoring powers.Tiny but strategic Bahrain, home base for the US Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided three years after the authorities crushed the protests.
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