The island-nation of Bahrain is preparing to hold its first elections for a new parliament since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted nearly four years ago, but many say they are heeding calls by the country's Shiite opposition to boycott the Saturday polls.
The boycott by the opposition al-Wefaq group and four others means the election results are unlikely to diffuse tensions between Bahrain's Sunni monarchy and Shiite activists who continue to protest for greater rights and a greater say in government.
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