Group stages walkout at Bahrain talks
Manama, July 13, 2011
An opposition group has threatened to pull out of Bahrain's National Dialogue after storming out of last night's (July 12) sessions.
Members of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society walked out following a war of words with outspoken MP Jassim Al Saeedi.
Former MP Khalil Al Marzooq, who attended the political session, accused Mr Al Saeedi of using derogatory words during the talks.
Moments after he walked out of the political session, attended by about 80 participants, other Al Wefaq members in the human rights session also left in protest.
"We decided to walk out of the sessions," said Al Marzooq. "The Al Wefaq board will decide now whether we participate in the upcoming sessions or not. This kind of insult against our sect will not be accepted."
Dialogue spokesman Isa Abdulrahman did not name Al Saeedi, but confirmed participants had asked an individual to apologise after he used a derogatory word.
Al Saeedi is said to have referred to Al Wefaq as "rejectionists".
"The moderator could not be heard in the session during the heated exchange," he said during a Press conference afterwards.
"The person later apologised and did not attend the second session along with a member from the political society. The Dialogue comes at a critical point of history and any disputes should be avoided and no-one should be humiliated or insulted."
The National Democratic Action Society and National Unity Assembly denounced Al Saeedi's behaviour. – TradeArabia News Service