Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of trying to oust regime

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DUBAI: Bahrain’s state television on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) accused Qatar of attempting to overthrow the government in Manama, upping the stakes in a diplomatic crisis that has seen Doha isolated in the Gulf. State-run Bahrain Television aired a report which claimed that neighboring Qatar was behind anti-government protests that have shaken the tiny kingdom for the past six years.It reported that Qatar’s former premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani in 2011 had contacted Ali Salman—then head of Bahrain’s largest opposition group, Al-Wefaq—and asked him to urge protesters to flood the streets and ramp up pressure on the state. A court order, carried by state news agency BNA, said attorney general Ali al-Bouainen had launched an investigation into a series of phone calls. Bahrain, which has a history of disputes over Gulf islands and reefs with Qatar, is home to a Shiite majority and has been rocked by Arab Spring-inspired, Shiite-led protests demanding an elected government.

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