News ID: 325323
Published: 0442 GMT November 12, 2022

Political deadlock in Bahrain

Political deadlock in Bahrain

Sayyed Morteza al-Sanadi Bahraini opposition party al-Wafa leader

Bahrain elections are held in a security-laden atmosphere rather than natural conditions as many religious leaders and heads of opposition groups are in either prison or exile.

What is going on in Bahrain is contrary to what Elections should mean, i.e., the people implementing their right to choose their destiny and the path forward for the country. Currently, nearly 100,000 Bahraini people have been deprived of their right to vote, some opposition leaders have been stripped of their citizenship, and foreign citizens have been naturalized to vote for the government's favorite lists and candidates.

Hence, the very poor turnout in the elections, something less than 20% of those eligible to vote, because the people are in sharp disagreement with the policies of the Al-Khalifa regime and, therefore, do not want their participation in the elections to dignify the government's policies, such as normalizing relations with the Israeli regime and suppressing critics and political activists.

Rather than a real one, therefore, it’s a mock election held for the Council of Representatives. It’s especially true because the council itself does not have the authority to legislate, and whatever it passes must be approved by the upper house, the Shura Council, which is a consultative assembly handpicked by the king himself. Ultimately, the king must endorse the outcome of the process for it to become law of the land. This situation has nothing to do with democracy.

Bahrain’s opposition may be divided into two groups. One group swears by peaceful and dialogue-oriented approaches while the other believes that the Al-Khalifa system is incapable of reform and, therefore, must be changed.

For the last 20 years, the Al-Khalifa government has not even paid a modicum of attention to those who seek peaceful changes, refusing to hold any real dialogue with them. Therefore, after 20 years of experience, they have now come to the conclusion that the system cannot be reformed.

The political situation in Bahrain is in a deadlock, and the way out of is to hold a free election where the people themselves can determine the type of government and their future.





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