Bahrain's Government Continues to Move Forward With Reforms

Sep 08, 2011, 22:25 ET from Kingdom of Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an interview with Gulf Daily News, Bahrain's Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa said that Bahrain's government remains committed to initiating reforms that will help to maintain the security and stability of Bahrain.

A total of 291 National Dialogue recommendations were approved by the government. These reforms will bolster political, social, economic and human rights, and will strengthen Bahrain's overall democratic process. The Minister noted that to ensure democratic reforms and accountability, codifying them in the nation's constitution is critical.

The National Dialogue came to a close at the end of July. However the dialogue process in Bahrain is continuous. The Minister said that the government is open and willing to talk to all groups, including opposition societies, in order to consider all perspectives.

In response to opposition societies planning to boycott the forthcoming by-elections in September, the Minister noted that Bahrain's pursuit of democracy would press forward even if certain groups decided to remove themselves from the process.

SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain