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Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi, Bahraini opposition leader, founder of the PFLB and the NDA, died he was 67.


Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi  was a Bahraini politician and opposition leader Kamal Salibi, Lebanese historian,. Al-Nuaimi, who spent more than thirty years in self imposed exile from Bahrain, founded some of the country’s most important political opposition groups.

(1943/1944 – September 1, 2011)

He was born in 1944 on Muharraq island to the Sunni Al Nuaim family that has close ties to the traditional ruling circles.[2] In the 1960s he became increasingly politically active and joined the Arab Nationalist Movement. In 1966 he graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in mechanical engineering.[2]
He founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Bahrain (PFLB), a resistance group, during the 1970s.[1] The groups was inspired by the Arab Nationalist Movement which was sweeping though the Arab World at the time.[1]
After a crackdown on the workers’ movements at the power station
where he was working in 1968, he left Bahrain to live in exile, spending
33 years in Damascus.[2]
In 2001, al-Nuaimi returned to Bahrain from aboard and re-entered politics.[1] He founded the National Democratic Action Society (NDA), Bahrain’s largest leftist political party, with members of the former PFLB.[1]
The NDA is also known as the Wa’ad party.[1] Al-Nuaimi ran for a seat in the Council of Representatives of Bahrain during the 2006 parliamentary election, but lost to a pro-candidate candidate by a small margin.[1]
Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi suffered from deteriorating health in the mid-2000s. He fell into a coma in April 2007.[1] He was succeeded as head of the National Democratic Action Society by Ibrahim Sharif.[1] Al-Nuaimi remained in a coma until his death on September 1, 2011, aged 67.[1]
His successor as head of the National Democratic Action Society, Ibrahim Sharif, was sentenced to five years in prison in June 2011 following the 2011 Bahraini protests as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders.

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