DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Lawmakers in Bahrain have backed changing the constitution in a way that would allow civilians to be tried by military courts amid a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.
The 40-seat Council of Representatives, the elected lower house of the tiny Gulf nation's National Assembly, voted Tuesday to back the proposal. It now heads to the 40-member Consultative Council, a body appointed by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The bill revises a portion of Bahrain's constitution by removing limitations on who military courts can try.
Bahraini officials did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The bill represents another step back from reforms enacted after authorities put down the island's 2011 Arab Spring protests.