Bahrain municipal council dismisses Al Wefaq members

April 26, 2011

The Central Governorate Municipal Council on Monday dismissed the four members representing Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest society, for allegedly asking the United Nations to interfere in Bahrain’s domestic affairs.

In a brief statement attributed to a Council member who did not wish to be identified, Deputy President Adel Al Sitri and members Husain Al Uraibi, Abdul Ridha Zuhair and Sadiq Rabi’a were dropped by the council “after their participation in the anti-government rallies” and for “misleading the international community by including erroneous information and fallacies in a letter to the United Nations.”

“The four members reportedly said that the government was unjust and requested the United Nations to intervene to put an end to the massacres in Bahrain and to help restore electricity and communication networks that had been cut off,” the source said.

“This attitude by the councillors violates the oath they took to be loyal to the nation and the king.”

Al Wefaq in February pulled out of the lower chamber of the bicameral parliament to protest against the way the government handled the security situation just after the start of the demonstrations.

However, it kept its members in the municipal councils who were elected in October 2010 for a four-year term.

Al Wefaq has had a strong presence in the municipal councils since 2002 when the first elections were held as part of the reform process launched by King Hamad upon assuming power.

However, the society in 2002 boycotted the parliamentary elections to ask for more reforms. It reversed its stance in 2006 and won 17 seats.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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