Bahraini and international women’s advocates praised the victory of three women in the special parliamentary elections in the embattled Gulf island nation. The women’s victory brings the number of women now sitting in the 40-seat assembly to four. The special elections were held on September 24 and October 1.
The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported late Sunday that two female candidates won in the day’s run-off elections while a third won uncontested before the first round of elections that was held on September 24. The fourth candidate was elected in the October 2010 polls.
The ballots were held to fill 18 seats vacated by lawmakers from al-Wefaq group, the biggest Shiite Muslim party, who quit in protest at a crackdown on mostly Shiite demonstrators earlier this year.