Bahrain’s main society under fire for exceeding “bounds of political correctness”

February 22, 2010

Shura session on Monday - BNA

Bahrain’s main political society has come under the fire of the upper chamber, the government, several lawmakers and a national company who accused it of overstepping the bounds of political correctness.

Al Wefaq, holders of 17 of the 40 seats in the lower chamber, was rapped by the Shura Council at its weekly session on Monday for “undermining national unity and civil peace” in Bahrain during its general assembly.

On Monday, the society was criticized by the government for its “diatribe against Bahrain’s political regime, the constitution and the royal rule.”

Lawmakers and officials from Mumtalakat, the owners of Gulf Air, the airline company that rented out its club hall to the society to hold its general assembly last Thursday, said that Al Wefaq had misused the premises and the occasion to engage in activities that defamed individuals and families and demanded that it apologise for its attitude.

The controversy was caused by remarks made by leaders from Al Wefaq in speeches during the general assembly held to assess the work of the society and to elect new members to its advisory council.

The remarks were immediately condemned as “unjustifiable and incorrect” and calls were issued by officials and MPs to investigate them. The government on Sunday cautioned against “any affront to any segment of the Bahrain society based on the spirit of unity” and urged all parties to commit to constructive dialogue.”

The session of the lower chamber on Tuesday could turn into an acid test for the society when its members will meet with independent MPs who have vociferously condemned Al Wefaq.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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