Manama: Bahrain today marks the 17th anniversary of the National Action Charter which signalled the dawning of a new era “full of hope and aspiration for a bright future”.
“The charter was endorsed by an unprecedented sweeping consensus, reflecting Bahrainis’ deep-rooted identity and aspirations to development and civilisational progress,” His Majesty said.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, attended the ceremony at Sakhir Palace. Senior Royal Family members, legislative, executive and judicial officials and members of the High National Committee, which drafted the charter, were also present. The King took pride in the outcome of national endeavour over the past 17 years.
He stressed his responsibility, along with all loyal citizens, to protect the historic milestone. The King acknowledged the crucial contribution of enlightened civil society institutions and national personalities in laying the foundation of the new era of modernisation and progress.
He hailed the covenant as the best guarantor of liberties and the catalyst that consolidates Bahrain’s shining model of human co-existence, embracing intellectual and cultural diversity. He credited the success of the milestone to the dedicated and civilised people of Bahrain, the true national asset and the source of pride among nations.
In a keynote speech, His Majesty King Hamad hailed the milestone, “which ushered in the modernisation of state entities and expanded the constitution to meet loyal people’s aspirations.”
His Majesty stressed the importance of constructive co-operation between the executive and legislative authorities to fast-track efforts to diversify sources of revenues and energise the national economy without compromising citizens’ standards of living.
He commended the legislative branch of government – parliament and Shura Council – for playing its constitutional oversight roles, exerting strenuous efforts to promote legislative diplomacy and project Bahrain’s bright and civilised image.
“The fundamentals and promising vision underlying the charter will always serve as a catalyst for more development and progress strides.”
The King urged all parties to commit to the lofty principles enshrined in the charter which, he said, represents the expression of hopes, aspirations and unfied stances.
“The charter has been, since its inception, a patriotic reference for national reference and a blueprint for national participation in decision-making through the bicameral system,” he said.