Approximately 67 percent of voters in Bahrain participated in the country’s latest parliamentary and municipal elections, which were conducted in a relatively peaceful manner. According to official tallies, pro-government Sunni Islamist lawmakers retained their majority in the lower house of parliament, which is Bahrain’s only elected legislative body, after the Shiite Muslim opposition failed to gain at least the tie it was aiming for, the Los Angeles Times reports. Following the polls, King Hamad appointed a Cabinet that is virtually unchanged, Khaleej Times reports. Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa will be the foreign minister, while Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa will serve as prime minister, a position he has held since Bahrain gained independence from the U.K. in 1971.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.