Of the 19 candidates that gained outright seats in the first round of voting, including three that gained uncontested constituencies, 11 were classed as Islamists. The remaining 21 seats available in the 40-member elected chamber of deputies were to be decided in the second round of voting, held on 31 October.

The next stage in the country’s transition to democracy will be the appointment of the upper house by the King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.