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Bahrain bans contact with 'terrorist' Hizbollah

Published on May 28, 2013 6:19 AM

DUBAI (AFP) - Bahrain on Monday banned opposition groups from having contacts with Hizbollah, as the Sunni-ruled kingdom moves to limit the Lebanese Shi'ite movement's suspected influence on its restive Shi'ite majority.

Last month the Gulf state listed Hezbollah as a "terrorist organisation" - in line with the United States - following a recommendation by the parliament that is boycotted by the opposition.

Its latest decision appears aimed at stifling Shi'ite political associations which led anti-regime protests that erupted in February 2011 before security forces crushed them a month later.

"Political associations are prohibited from having any form of contact with the Hizbollah organisation," Justice Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali al-Khalifa said in a ministerial decree.

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