Al Wefaq

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Al Wefaq National Islamic Society (; transliterated: Jam'īyat al-Wifāq al-Watanī al-Islāmīyah), also known as the Islamic National Accord Association, is a Bahraini political society, and the largest party in the Bahrain, both in terms of its membership and its results at the polls. - 4 Sep 2008. Ambassador Ereli, US Embassy, Bahrain/Wikileaks/The Guardian Although it is by far the single largest party, with 18 representatives, in the 40-member Bahraini parliament, it has often been outvoted by coalition blocs of opposition Sunni parties and independent MPs. On February 27, 2011, the 18 Al Wefaq members of parliament submitted letters of resignation to protest regime violence against pro-reform Bahraini protestors.

Al Wefaq's religious orientation is Shia and it is led by a cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman. The party is close to a Shia clerical body in Bahrain, the Islamic Scholars Council, which describes Al Wefaq as the 'Bloc of Believers'.Habib Toumi, , Gulf News, 14 November 2006 In 2006, the Bahraini newspaper Gulf Daily News alleged that al Wefaq had only 1,500 active membersGulf Daily News, - 20 January 2006 and a leaked diplomatic briefing from the US Embassy in Bahrain described...
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