Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bahrain: Political Parties Not Being Dissolved, Says Foreign Minister

SOURCE Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States

Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said today that reports of the dissolution of political societies in the island kingdom are incorrect. Al Wefaq party members resigned from their parliamentary seats several weeks ago and elections will be held to fill those seats, the Foreign Minister said.

Shaikh Khalid clarified the matter on his official Twitter feed:

"Bahrain is not seeking to dissolve political societies, official statement was incorrect," Shaikh Khalid wrote. "It's a court case against violations committed by the societies. In accordance with the constitution, elections will be held to fill seats vacated by Alwefaq. All societies, including Alwefaq are encouraged to participate in elections and serve the people through parliament."