Three opposition societies welcome King’s call for national dialogue

June 3, 2011

Three opposition societies on Thursday welcomed the call by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa to hold a national dialogue that will decide the future of Bahrain.

The Democratic Nationalist Rally, the Democratic Progressive Tribune and the National Democratic Action Society “Waad” said that they welcomed the offer to have the national talks in July and without pre-conditions.

“All parties should work seriously towards calming the situation politically as the state of national safety is lifted,” the societies said.

King Hamad made the call for a national dialogue on Tuesday as Bahrain was about to lift the emergency laws it imposed in March to help put an end to the country’s most dramatic political turmoil in recent history.
The left-leaning societies stressed in their joint statement the need to preserve social peace, calm, stability and the reinforcement of national unity.

“Everybody should condemn violence or any activity that could render the situation tense, especially that we all need the support of the state to improve the economy and boost development in order to tackle challenges, address social fractures and rebuild trust between all parties,” the statement said.

The societies said that they were ready to “exert efforts to support any official or popular effort to preserve national unity and help the people fulfill their ambitions.”

“We support a national consensus that aims to reinforce security and safety for the people of Bahrain under the constitutional monarchy regime which represents the best guarantee for the present and future of Bahrain.”
The societies have recently come under intense fire for not embracing a national dialogue offer made by Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa in February in the beginning of the crisis.

An alliance of seven societies that included Al Wefaq, the country’s largest formation, then insisted that its preconditions be met before it would sit at the negotiations table despite Prince Salman’s offer to welcome all participants and to discuss any subject they wanted.

As the societies faltered, radical movements reportedly hijacked the situation and called for the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of a republic. The dramatic onslaught pushed the societies into the back seat and they eventually lost any influence on developments.
Several columnists have called the leaders of the societies to resign and allow new people to guide them after they failed to seize the opportunity offered by Prince Salman.



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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