This refers to the report ‘MPs approve poll bill amendment (GDN, February 21). Former MPs belonging to the dissolved political societies have been banned from contesting in the upcoming national elections.
The dissolved political society’s case takes us back to 2011, where not only Bahrain was rocked with protests but also its very existence was compromised.
Had it not been for the wise leadership and strong social cohesion of the people which stood with the government, Bahrain would have followed a road of destruction and devastation the likes of what we are witnessing in Syria, Iraq and others.
Thus those who wounded Bahrain, compromised its existence and security and wished us to go to a dark channel of sectarianism and sedition should not be part of the ongoing political reform process, the country is witnessing.
Bahrain has not only survived plots against its destruction but also came strong and is marching towards intensive and extensive political reforms, accommodating people of various opinions.
If our national security is defended and sovereignty is respected, there seems no reason to exclude the so-called opposition groups in the forthcoming elections. However, in the absence of such prerequisites, inclusive political system wouldn’t work.
The decision of MPs doesn’t seem to tarnish Bahrain’s image in the international arena.
It is a measure to ensure the security of the country – which comes second to none.