Towards democracy in Bahrain

Ajaj, Ahmad
December 2004
Middle East;Dec2004, Issue 351, p30
The article focuses on political landscape in Bahrain. Abdulhadi Khawaja, a political activist and human rights defendant, bitterly attacked the government's record and went on to accuse it of corruption. It is naive to expect Bahrain to become a fully-fledged democracy overnight. They levelled many charges against the government and called on representatives from the British government to step in and convince the government in Manama to concede their demands. The emir of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, came to power on the death of his father, faced with a changing international landscape and repeated demands for increased democracy, his acumen and statesmanship led him to begin to open up the political process in Bahrain and change the course of governing, lie declared his intention to break with the past and steer his country towards democratic shores.


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