National dialogue to discuss elected parliament with full vested powers and prerogatives: Bahrain Crown Prince

March 14, 2011
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Bahrain has rejected any compromise on its security and stability and pledged readiness to discuss constitutional, political, economic and social issues in deep insight and within a national dialogue.

“The right to security and stability transcends any other consideration”, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, said in comments on the incidents that gripped Bahrain on Sunday, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

“Out of our responsibility before Allah Almighty and His Majesty the King and the people of Bahrain, we strongly affirm that the right of security and safety is above all considerations”, he said.

Legitimate demands will not be made to the detriment of Bahrain’s security and stability, he said.

Prince Salman said that his earnest call to observe calm and self-restraint aimed to preserve security and stability.

“The initiative aimed to foil the designs of those who wanted to damage others’ interests and future”, he said. “The true power resides in observing self-restraint and building up on the reform project, which was initiated by HM King Hamad bin Eisa Al Khalifa. Bahrainis have long shown patience, power and forbearance over the last period, thus reflecting their good and authentic mettle and their earnest desire for a free and decent life in an atmosphere of security and stability. This can be achieved only by respecting the rule of the law and protecting civil peace and security”, he said.

Prince Salman highlighted his strenuous efforts to reach out to all parties and sections of the national spectrum in a bid to gauge their viewpoints and opinions regarding national issues.

“The effort stems from our firm commitment to launch a comprehensive national dialogue”, he said. “We embarked on the initiative, answering the call of duty, and are still reaching out to all parties wishing to engage in a national dialogue with the active sections of Bahraini society.”

The initiative aims to open the door for constitutional, political, economic and social issues to be scrutinized in deep insight.

“We have voiced our approval of all the principles which have been tabled for the national dialogue. These include an elected parliament with full vested powers and prerogatives, a government reflecting the will of people, fairly-demarcated electoral constituencies, naturalization, combating financial and administrative corruption, state properties and addressing sectarian polarization and animosities, in addition to other principles and topics.

Prince Salman underscored the importance of responding immediately to his call, urging parties keen on peace, security and reform to engage in a multiparty national dialogue, thus ensuring a prosperous and bright future for all Bahrainis.

The crown prince said that he would not have any objection against holding a referendum on any agreement reached in the national dialogue, adding that such plebiscite would reflect the unified stance of people, the final arbiters.

“We have always strongly opposed any internecine hostility between Bahrainis”, Prince Salman said.

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Media career:
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  • University of Bahrain
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