15 April 2008

Bahrain's Political Future?

THEN

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.


NOW

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 [1] banning Molotov cocktails, [2] closely monitoring sectarian websites, and drawing up a [3] 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.

9 comments:

Sunshine said...

future?? what future?

Redbelt said...

on a tangent: You can always move. Many moved out of Bahrain, many moved into Bahrain. Each person has his or her own list of what is important in a country.

Aigre-Doux said...

Ah, re: that illusory word "reform" -
Our monarchy always seems to be surprised when they loosen their grip over a population wanting to be governed by someone other than land-grabbing, self-serving pricks who can't seem to keep their numbers under control. (What are we looking at now? 4000 of them? Multiply that by the especially long list of "requirements" and "demands" they have and you have an country where 80 percent has been sealed off for personal usage and 1 million people are supposed to concentrate and ghettoize themselves on remaining land.)

Excuse rant. Question to you Ammaro: Why do you see the historical situations as parallel to each other? Isn't 2001 and 2007 merely an outcome of the crackdown in 1975? I wonder how long they intend to take us round and roundthis circle.

Shale bin Agnon said...

Erm, you have a monarchy. What does that even mean in a country that is five minutes old? When was your common-people revolution? Without a common-people revolution, why would those in power give power up? That would just be silly.

george s. said...

Maybe you should vote for the opposition in the upcoming elections to change the parliament and government....

aigre-doux said...

The largest opposition has turned out to be a disappointment as well and Wa'ad sadly cannot work up a large enough base. Besides, an electoral system is utterly useless without accompanying democratic institutions such as a free press and an independent judiciary. Let's also not forget that elections in Bahrain are a gerrymandered process.. One look at the breakdown at the number of MPs electable versus the size of the provinces they represent is ludicrous to anyone with a half a brain. What we need as a first realistic step towards anything is for our Crown Prince to take control of things.

Merlin said...

I have called for open emigration before and I call for it again. I strongly encourage anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence to leave that miserable place. Commence the brain drain and leave those who rule to dwell on a crumbling island nation that cannot move forward due to its own corruption and incompetence. Let the process begin!!

Merlin said...

I have called for open emigration before and I call for it again. I strongly encourage anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence to leave that miserable place. Commence the brain drain and leave those who rule to dwell on a crumbling island nation that cannot move forward due to its own corruption and incompetence. Let the process begin!!

Anonymous said...

If a group of people burn and try to destroy the place with burning and ruining the governments land , the police and the government should get in the way and stopping them , if they hate the kingdom just let them leave and get a life!!