The new amendments do not meet with the Manama Document which was presented by opposition parties as a roadmap to resolve the political crisis in Bahrain
Al-Wefaq opposition society- Zinj area
Thursday 3rd May, 2012
In a press conference held by Bahrain opposition societies on Thursday, Abdul-Jalil Khalil, former MP and member of al-Wefaq said that the new amendments do not meet with the Manama Document which was presented by opposition parties as a roadmap to resolve the political crisis in Bahrain, nor do they meet the seven reform principles announced by the Crown Prince last year or the BICI recommendations. He said that these amendments failed to meet the National Action Charter issued by the King in 2001, which declared that the upper-house appointed by the King will act as a house of review and consultation for the laws made in the lower house. Moreover, the concept of separation of state powers will not be achievable under the new amendments.
Abdul-Jalil Khalil stated that the King’s amendments do not reflect the demands of the Bahraini people, who will continue their pro-democratic movement and will not stop at such government games. He criticized the authority for keeping the right to appoint the cabinet, upper-house and judiciary exclusively to itself, without referring to the people. These amendments only strengthened the authority’s stand to keep the 2002 constitution unilaterally issued by the King, he said.
Waad’s Deputy Secretary General Radhi Mosawi, said that the constitutional amendments are one of many drawbacks in finding the right political solution, and the most serious was the authority’s drawback on the Crown Prince’s 7-principles last year, after the opposition’s approval. “Not to mention, authorities preferred to impose security and military measures instead of pushing forward a serious fruitful dialogue with the pro-democracy opposition. They missed the right track towards meaningful reforms”, he said.
Mosawi stated that the authority in Bahrain is similar to other dictatorships, in undertaking the same tight margins towards the press. International free expression indicators show that Bahrain is losing its ranking in terms of its press freedom.
Ekhaa Secretary General Mousa Ansari, emphasized that the opposition in Bahrain insists on the peaceful approach in their rallies, demonstrations and public activities. We will remain peaceful however brutal security forces deals with us. “The new constitutional amendments are meaningless and have added nothing to Bahrain’s political life. They are just a false media make-up hiding a very tyrannical reality”.