Bahrain PM vows to protect economy
Manama, September 9, 2012
Bahrain's Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday voiced the government's absolute rejection of all attempts to disrupt public interest and paralyse the economy.
HRH the Premier was speaking as he received members of the business community who denounced unlicensed rallies and blocking of main roads in the capital, which negatively affected commercial activities.
"We have shown great patience in the hope the groups behind the crisis would show good intentions and respect the law. However, their objective is still to worsen the situation and go ahead with escalation," the Premier said.
"We will never allow such practices to continue and the law will be enforced. Measures will be taken against lawbreakers and persons who jeopardise traders' interests and harm the national economy," he pledged.
"We will not allow the situation to continue," HRH the Premier said, criticising attempts to fuel the crisis through sabotage, arson and by targeting people's lives. Those groups, he said, "tried to turn Bahrain into a playground for subversion, anarchy and social division".
He said that authorities had been instructed to enforce laws agreed on by representatives of all the Bahraini people.
He hailed security officers for their courage, patience, tolerance, civilised behaviour and respect of human rights despite being targeted by terrorists.
The business community expressed its support to the leadership in all steps taken to maintain security and stability and protect public interests.
They strongly condemned targeting of the national economy by saboteurs and terrorists and demanded that the law be enforced.
HRH the Premier yesterday left the kingdom on a private visit abroad. He was seen off by Deputy Premiers, ministers and senior officials. - TradeArabia News Service