Bahrain has dismissed as "unacceptable interference" statements by the US and Britain criticising its decision to dissolve the main opposition party Al Wefaq because "it deviated from political activities."
A Bahraini opposition leader has been cleared of having links to an outlawed terrorist group, potentially injecting new impetus to a dialogue process designed to end the country's political stalemate.
Two opposition groups, including Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, will not contest the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.
A third society could also follow suit in a move described by Sunni group
Bahrain's Crown Prince and First Deputy Premier met the kingdom's top opposition leader yesterday in search of a way out of a three-year political deadlock, a week after reconciliation talks were suspended.
The meeting bet
Bahrain’s opposition has been given five weeks to decide whether it will continue participating in the National Dialogue or withdraw from the talks.
The remaining participants from the government, National Coalition (Sunni c
Opposition groups in Bahrain say they will continue to boycott the National Dialogue initiative - despite one of their top leader's release from prison, a report said.
The talks are due to resume at the Isa Cultural Centre in
Bahrain’s National Dialogue will resume today (August 28) with opposition groups planning to submit a list of six pre-conditions for continuing with talks, a report said.
The news has prompted concerns that the six political
Backing for Bahrain's leading opposition group has dropped significantly, said a report highlighting that dynamics of local politics has shifted rapidly and unexpectedly.
"We feel deceived. Al Wefaq National Islamic Socie
Bahrain will never combat terrorism with terrorism - and totally rejects killings and torture, said a senior government official, dismissing claims that top police officials had tortured inmates in custody during last year's unrest.
Efforts are underway for a dialogue with opposition group Al Wefaq, Minister of State for Information Affairs Samira Rajab said.
She told CNNArabic that attempts are underway to surmount obstacles and deal with unfeasible conditions to pav