MANAMA: Bahrain’s National Action Charter is a key pillar of the reforms process initiated by His Majesty King Hamad, it was declared yesterday.
The landmark charter was commemorated during a parliamentary forum at the Gulf Hotel Convention and Spa.
The event took place ahead of the forthcoming 17th anniversary of the document, which falls on February 14.
In 2001 the charter was approved in a national referendum by 98.4 per cent of voters, heralding the dawn of reforms that included a new constitution and the formation of parliament the following year.
“As part of the National Action Charter’s plan, Bahrain has achieved much to create laws for the country and constitutional organisations,” said parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla during the event.
“Most important among them is reinstating parliament to evolve political work in making decisions for the country, create a roadmap and take a legislative and supervisory role in various aspects of life for the country and its citizens.
Speakers paid tribute to the King’s vision for Bahrain.
They also reiterated their rejection of foreign interference in Bahrain or other regional countries.
They called for the launch of campaigns to strengthen the sense of belonging to the nation, and respect for the state of law and institutions.
Conference participants underlined the importance of national security and the need to intensifying public participation in efforts to strengthen democracy in Bahrain.