Bahrain bans contact with 'terrorist' Hizbollah
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.