Speaking at a seminar on 2 March 2010, Al-Wefaq’s Deputy General Secretary (Sheikh Hussain Al Daihi) stressed that the group possesses convincing intelligence pointing out to a covert operation against the society.
The plot by suspicious forces (a reference to people associated with the infamous Bandargate scandal designed to cause sectarian strife in Bahrain) involves employing university graduates to adopt measures aimed at weakening Al-Wefaq’s 2010 election prospects. Nevertheless, Sheikh Al Daihi contended that Al-Wefaq would stand firm on its positions, notably end of financial and administrative corruptive practices in the country.
Sheikh Al-Daihi reiterated that Al-Wefaq has not adopted novel positions during its annual general conference on 18 and 19 February, notably the call for a true constitutional monarchy. Stipulated within the National Action Charter (NAC), a constitutional monarchy requires an elected government, in turn responsible before an elected legislature.
He suggested that suspicious sources brought forward implementation of their plot against Al-Wefaq on the back of success of its February conference with regards to meeting popular demands.
Amongst other dubious matters, these suspicious forces intend to undermine Al-Wefaq’s coordination with other political blocs in the parliament concerning socio-economic challenges facing the nation. Still, another bad objective concerns restricting Al-Wefaq’s relations with members of the diplomatic community in Bahrain.
Yet, Sheikh Al-Daihi summed up the group’s stance with the following statement, “success of Al-Wefaq represents success for the nation as a whole, and vice versa.”
Speaking at the same event, spokesperson and deputy leader of Al-Wefaq’s parliamentary bloc (Khalil Almarzooq) revealed that the cabinet relied on media sources in formulating its positions against the society. He felt it was wrong for the authorities to censure Al-Wefaq by relying on dubious sources including a tabloid newspaper.
Mr. Almarzooq cautioned the authorities against losing support of Al-Wefaq and several other opposition groups, which he described as true defenders of the country’s political reforms programme. He warned that catastrophes could fall on Bahrain in case the real followers of the reforms project decide to give up participation in peaceful political process.
The ranking MP (head of legislative and legal committee in the parliament) argued that unlike the government, Al-Wefaq and other opposition groups are no in position to offer promises to foreign missions and countries. As such, these groups do not seek external help whatsoever when meeting foreign dignitaries.
Failure of original plot
Following the opening remarks, several individuals offered their own insights. For his part, Ibrahim Sharif, General Secretary of Waad, pointed out to failure of original plot against Al-Wefaq mainly because officials were not willing to disclose critical details.
He suggested that the original plot required informing the general public about statements made at Al-Wefaq’s conference, namely overrepresentation of the ruling Al-Khalifa in cabinet jobs and leading posts in the country and the vision of an elected government in a constitutional monarchy like Bahrain.
Instead, argued Mr. Sharif that the suspicious sources seized upon a meeting of members of Al-Wefaq with the British Ambassador to Bahrain Jamie Bowden to suggest the group was seeking external assistance. Unfortunately, some naïve people happen to buy such a fallacy.