Calls have gone out from senior municipal council officials to allow expatriates who are residing in Bahrain and own properties or businesses in the Kingdom to take part in the quadrennial municipal elections, similar to the citizens of GCC countries. The participation of foreign investors in municipal elections has been raised multiple times in recent years, confirms Muharraq Municipal Council Chairman Mohammed Al Sinan.
The Shura Council has said that His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s kind gesture to commute the death sentence against a number of convicts found guilty of forming a terrorist cell and other terrorist crimes reflects the noble humanitarian stances, and the tolerance and forgiveness principles embraced by the King.
Such noble values which HM the King inherited from his esteemed parents and grandparents have made Bahrain, under his leadership, a land of tolerance, co-existence and peace, the Shura Council said.
A heated discussion over bribery accusations against some government establishments broke out at the Council of Representatives during its weekly meeting yesterday. The debate between MP Abdulrahman Buali and Shura Council and Representative Council Affairs Minister Ghanim Al Buainain began after the former claimed that corruption has spread in government entities, specifically the municipalities.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa has urged all efforts to be mustered to spearhead national development and progress. He stressed the necessity of putting vital national interests above all other considerations, urging cooperation between all segments to serve the nation and achieve desired goals.
This came as he received Royal Family members and officials to discuss domestic issues and Government-led efforts to ensure stability and achieve the royal directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
Bahrain has charged the leader of the country's outlawed main opposition party with "spying" and suggested the 2011 Arab Spring protests that gripped the country were instigated by a "foreign country".
Bahrain's public prosecutor charged Ali Salman, secretary-general of the al-Wefaq party, and Hassan Sultan, a former member of parliament, of colluding with Qatar to carry out "hostile acts" in Bahrain and damage its "prestige", a statement on the state news agency BNA said on Wednesday.
Dubai: The Kingdom of Bahrain on Monday published a list of 68 Islamist groups it classified as terrorist, the state news agency BNA said.
Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement, already branded as “terrorist” by the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League, topped the list approved by Bahrain’s cabinet, BNA said.
Also on the list was Al Qaida and its branches in Yemen and North Africa, as well as Al Nusra Front in Syria and Daesh.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Egypt’s Islamic Jihad and Al Murabitoun in Mali are also on the list.
Manama, Sep23(BNA)Bahrain’s legislative elections will be held on November 22, 2014. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today issued royal order (47) for 2014 fixing the date of the legislative polls and nominations.
Manama, June. 19. (BNA) – The Supreme Council for Women (SCW)'s media support programme, which is conducted in cooperation with Mayasim Telecommunications Company, continues to hold meetings that address the mechanisms and optimal ways to address voters, for the affiliates of the political empowerment programme of potential female candidates for the next parliamentary and municipal elections.
The Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights has called on the Manama regime to respond objectively to the concerns raised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over human rights violations in the country.
A Bahraini court has sentenced a group of 21 anti-regime protesters to 15 years in jail each amid the ongoing harsh crackdown on the country’s dissent.
Bahrain’s largest opposition party al-Wefaq said in a statement on Tuesday that the defendants were subjected to torture during their detention and interrogation sessions.
Scores of Bahraini political activists have already been placed behind bars for organizing or taking part in anti-regime demonstrations across the oil-rich monarchy due to its appalling human rights record.
Bahrain’s main opposition has announced its decision to boycott the parliamentary and municipal council elections expected to be held in October this year.
This was announced at a Press conference held at Al Wefaq National Islamic Society headquarter. The opposition is represented by four societies; Al Wefaq, National Democratic Action Society (Waad), National Democratic Assembly, Progressive Democratic Tribune and Al Ekha National Society.
Opposition parties in Bahrain say they will boycott parliamentary and municipal elections, scheduled to be held in October.
The National Democratic Opposition Parties said in a statement on Saturday that that they are not taking part in the elections without a "clear political" agreement “reflecting the will of the people.”
A recent ruling by a Bahraini court sentencing four people to life in prison is part of the regime’s political game against the opposition, a political analyst says.
In an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, Jawad Fairooz, a former member of the Bahraini parliament, said the ruling is biased as such verdicts in the Persian Gulf monarchy are issued by the direct order of the Manama regime.
A political analyst says the ruthless crackdown on Bahraini protesters by the ruling Al Khalifa regime is carried out under the false accusation of involvement in terrorism.
“These kinds of actions just give the [Bahraini] regime an excuse to crack down, but we know well that there have been a lot of non-violent Bahrainis who have been falsely accused of terrorism,” Stephen Zunes told Press TV on Monday.
Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialog between Al Khalifa regime and opposition leaders.
“The only solution is a serious dialogue between the royal family and the opposition [al-Wefaq movement],” said Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
Rajab who was released on Saturday after serving a two-year jail term, said Bahrain’s situation today is worse compared to when he went to prison because of an upsurge in violence.
Amnesty International (AI) has voiced concerns over the lack of reform of the judiciary in Bahrain, amid the ongoing Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on dissent.
In a statement issued on Monday, the rights group also criticized the country for “slow and inadequate investigations” into past human rights abuses and “continuing restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly.”