Bahrain Revisited By Head Of Unrest Report

Published February 2, 2012 2:54PM (EST)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Senior members of Bahrain's ruling family have met with the head of an independent inquiry that called for reforms in the violence-wracked Gulf nation.

Thursday's visit by Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni comes more than two months after his group's findings into the deepening unrest between Bahrain's Sunni monarchy and majority Shiites seeking a greater voice in the kingdom's affairs.

The official Bahrain News Agency says the country's leaders reinforced Bahrain's commitment to address problems listed in the report. They include use of excessive force by police.

Bahrain is also taking steps to give more political powers to its elected parliament.

The largest Shiite political group, Al Wefaq, claims authorities have persisted with crackdowns and refuse key demands to give up full control over government.

By Salon Staff

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