Bahrain’s cabinet tendered its resignation to King Hamad on Sunday after the kingdom successfully completed elections for a new parliament and municipal councils.
Justice Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, who heads the Supreme Elections Committee, announced the final results.
The kingdom held a runoff vote on Saturday for 31 parliamentary seats and 23 municipal seats that were not decided in the first round of voting on November 24.
Sheikh Khalid said the elections were notable for the greater participation of women and youth. There were 41 women among the 293 candidates for the 40-seat Council of Representatives, and about 200 standing for council seats.
“Bahrain is living a new chapter in democratic development. The electoral process is moving beyond the stage of experience,” the minister said in remarks reported by BNA.
Bahrain’s new parliament and the government will be installed at a crucial time for the island nation as it seeks to revive its stalling economy and attract foreign investment while dealing with concerted attempts by Iran to foment unrest.
Bahrain has held elections in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Source: The National