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On Monday, Bahrain‘s crown prince called off Formula One’s season-opening race scheduled for March 13, handing another victory to protesters.
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to the grand prix and serves as commander of the armed forces. Protesters said it would have been disrespectful the hold the race.
The crown prince told F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone by telephone that the race would not go ahead.
“We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain‘s Formula One race to a later date,” the crown prince said in a statement.
Ms. Sabkar told reporters the “immediate priority is to keep the peace and maintain calm.” She said the government, led by the same prime minister — the king’s uncle — for 40 years, was “deeply saddened by the tragic events of the past few days and its condolences go out to those families who have lost loved ones.”
Opposition leaders have called for the government to resign after last week’s bloodshed to pave the way for a dialogue with the crown prince.
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