1973: Shaikh Isa Al Khalifa instituted reforms based on a new constitution, which established a National Assembly. The National Assembly held forums to hear petitions, and present and discuss policies, although not having any legistlative powers.
1974: Security law issued, giving the state authority to detain and arrest anyone considered to be a threat to national security. This sparked a crisis between the government and members of the National Assembly who were opposed to the new law, and an opposition bloc was formed.
1975: National Assembly was dissolved and the country was plunged into political crisis ever since.
2001: Shaikh Hamad Al Khalifa instituted reforms based on a National Action Charter, which established a Parliament the following year. Although supposedly having legistlative powers, the appointed upper chamber (Shura Council) have the power to veto any legistlation.
2008: GULF-DAILY-NEWS: Tough new policing measures were urged by Cabinet yesterday following the killing of an officer in Karzakan. These include  banning Molotov cocktails,  closely monitoring sectarian websites, and drawing up a  police masterplan to combat violence. Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa has been instructed to draw up a plan aimed at further empowering Public Security forces. Chaired by Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Cabinet reiterated its full trust in the forces to assume responsibilities, stressing the need to further enhance levels of readiness.
Future: Not Looking Good.