Bahrain outlines blueprint for the future
Manama, December 15, 2010
A blueprint for the future was outlined by His Majesty King Hamad as he opened Bahrain's National Assembly for its new four-year term.
During his keynote address he outlined a four-pronged plan that focused on an overhaul of the education system, a full review of the national economy, maximum support for the energy sector and a stricter approach to issuing passports to non-Bahrainis.
However, the King said parliament and the Shura Council would play a vital role in achieving those goals and reminded both chambers of the responsibility they had to the people of Bahrain.
'This is a defining moment and advanced stage on the path of construction and national work,' he said.
'All eyes are on Bahrain's fledgling democratic experience, acknowledging its success and landmark achievements in so short a time.'
Yesterday marked the start of a new stage in Bahrain's democracy, which began with the formation of the National Assembly in 2002.
This is the third parliament and Shura Council to have been formed since then and His Majesty reminded members of their vital role in monitoring the government's performance, reform, protecting liberties and passing laws.
'These duties won't be easy unless you co-operate with the government, which will spare no effort in following suit and facilitating your work,' he said.
'You and the government are but one - serving people who expect more effort and dedication.'
His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander.-TradeArabia News Service