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Bahrain's Justice Ministry files lawsuit to suspend Shiite Al-Wefaq opposition group

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MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's Justice Ministry has filed a lawsuit to suspend the activities of the country's main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq for three months.

Bahrain's official news agency reported Sunday that the ministry is taking Al-Wefaq to court so that the group can "correct its legal status" after failing to comply with rules of transparency when holding general meetings.

Earlier this month, top Al-Wefaq figures met with a U.S. State Department official without a Bahraini government representative present. This angered the Gulf country's leadership, who ordered U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski to immediately leave Bahrain.

Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, has been rocked by more than three years of Shiite-dominated protests demanding greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy.

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