Bahrain talks to go on without opposition

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Tuesday, 19 July 2011


shiitenews_Bahrani_talks_to_go_on_without_oppositionThe Bahraini government says it will carry on with its so-called national dialogue in the absence of the country's largest opposition party -- the Islamic National Accord Association (Al Wefaq).

“Regardless of any participant's decision to leave the dialogue will continue,” spokesman for Bahrain's National Dialogue Committee, Isa Abdul Rahman, said on Monday, AFP reported.

"The Wefaq board decided to pull out of the so-called National Consensus Dialogue and submitted its decision to the Wefaq Shura council for ratification," Khalil al-Marzouk, Wefaq spokesman, said.

He added, “The Wefaq team will not attend the talks. We have tried but without success to make it a serious dialogue.”

Wefaq has been complaining for weeks that the opposition has been given too small a fraction of seats -- 35 out of 300 --, and is overpowered by pro-government representatives.

Since the beginning of Bahrain's revolution, large numbers of anti-government protesters have poured into the streets across the Persian Gulf state, calling for more rights, freedom and wide-ranging political reforms in the political system of their country.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on peaceful demonstrations.


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On Sunday, Wefaq said it was pulling out of a national dialogue set up by the government because the talks were occurring "without success" and that pro-government representatives dominated.

"The Wefaq board decided to pull out of the so-called National Consensus Dialogue and submitted its decision to the Wefaq Shura council for ratification," Khalil al-Marzouk, Wefaq spokesman, said.

He added, “The Wefaq team will not attend the talks. We have tried but without success to make it a serious dialogue.”

Wefaq has been complaining for weeks that the opposition has been given too small a fraction of seats -- 35 out of 300 --, and is overpowered by pro-government representatives.

Since the beginning of Bahrain's revolution, large numbers of anti-government protesters have poured into the streets across the Persian Gulf state, calling for more rights, freedom and wide-ranging political reforms in the political system of their country.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on peaceful demonstrations.


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