By | 2014-09-19T03:03:38+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Middle East|0 Comments

In a letter to His Majesty King Hamad, the Crown Prince delivered a framework comprising areas of common ground from the National Dialogue.

In January, following a year of protracted discussions where parties were unable to achieve an agreed agenda, the King instructed His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, to overcome existing obstacles and accelerate the resumption of dialogue.

The Crown Prince subsequently met the heads of all major political societies and a number of independent MPs.

These meetings outlined key topics from which bilateral talks progressed under the stewardship of the Royal Court Minister.

The framework contains five core elements:

* Electoral districts: A commitment to redefine electoral districts to ensure greater representation and measures to further enhance electoral oversight.

* Legislative authority: A revised appointment process for members of the Shura Council. Measures to protect the legislative cycle from interruption and the ability for parliament to question the actions of ministers, including the Prime Minister and his deputies.

* Cabinet formation: New rights of approval for parliament on the appointment of the Cabinet, including the right to seek amendments of, or reject, the government’s annual plan.

* Judicial reform: A commitment to further judicial reform, including the use of international expertise to entrench standards in line with international best practices and strengthen constitutional independence of the judiciary.

* Security: A recognition of the importance of national security to all people, and a rejection of violence and commitment to the universal application of the rule of law. Security forces to be bound by new codes of conduct preserving the impartiality, probity and integrity of service.

Over the past 48 hours, the Crown Prince has held a series of meetings with community leaders and key figures to discuss the outcome of the current phase of National Dialogue.

While achieving support, the meetings also saw the call for active participation in the forthcoming general election, reflecting the role and constitutional authority of the National Assembly’s elected representatives in enacting the Dialogue’s major outcomes.

His Majesty thanked the Crown Prince and commended him for assuming patriotic responsibility and carrying out the royal assignment to complete the National Dialogue.