Election in Bahrain an important step toward democracy

11/04/2002
An election important to the oil and gas industry took place Oct. 24.For the first time in 27 years, citizens of Bahrain voted to choose 37 members of the legislative House of Deputies. Three other candidates faced no opposition.Bahrain thus moved to become the second Arab state on the Persian Gulf currently to have a directly elected legislature. The other is Kuwait.Bahrain's election follows a popular referendum held Feb. 14, 2001, in which voters overwhelmingly supported efforts by the hereditary ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to make the country a constitutional monarchy. Bahrain thus became a kingdom last February.Among the gulf Arab states, any move toward democracy is ...
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