Welcome message to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

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We welcome you to your post and hope that your tenure as Britain’s Foreign Secretary is fruitful and effective. It was interesting to see your recent comments on domestic affairs in Bahrain. We hope that this close interest will continue and for this reason we would like to take a few moments of your valuable time to give you a few further insights about our nation.

Like the United Kingdom, Bahrain is proud to be a monarchy which has decisively chosen the path of political reform and democratization, with a vigourous parliamentary life and healthy public debate about politics.

Bahrain is the state in the region which made most progress in separating religion from politics. Both chambers of Parliament recently voted in support of a bill banning clerics from membership of political societies and involvement in politics. We hope you will agree that this is a positive step in discouraging the exploitation of the pulpit for political gain and a good example to set in a region beset by extremism.

Bahrain’s Constitution furthermore prohibits political activity based on sectarian foundations. We would hope to see the dissolution of all societies which are established on sectarian grounds.

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What distinguishes Bahrain’s political model?

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For non-Bahrainis the Kingdom’s political system is often poorly understood. The global media completely ignored recent reforms to separate religion from politics and many people are unaware that Bahrain is a Constitutional Monarchy with a well-developed parliamentary system.

Another unusual factor is the strong public preference for independent elected MPs and a trend towards increasing distrust of political societies. Meanwhile, Bahrain has an open economic climate and does not get the credit it deserves for its cultural and social freedoms.

Constitutional Monarchy committed to reform

Bahrain definitively became a Constitutional Monarchy in 2001, two years after King Hamad came to the throne, when over 98% of Bahrainis voted during a popular referendum in favour of the National Action Charter – King Hamad’s new Constitution. 

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Parliament - ABC of civil society

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The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you

Why do MPs get blamed for everything?

Citizens all over the world (and perhaps especially in Bahrain) tend to have something of a passive-aggressive attitude to their parliamentary representatives: They mostly ignore them when everything is going well; and then blame them for everything when the going gets tough!

MPs themselves are often guilty of unrealistically raising expectations, with impossible promises at elections time; but then failing to properly engage with the public to explain their role and represent their achievements and failures once they have won their seats.

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Daesh heralds Eid with rivers of blood

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Daesh has once again demonstrated that it is the mortal enemy of all true Muslims, with a wave of atrocities across the Muslim world, culminating in the holy places of Saudi Arabia.

There is no justification for murdering innocent worshippers, especially at a time when Muslims are fasting for Ramadan and preparing for Eid. Eid al-Fitr this year will be marked by hundreds of families in Turkey, Bangladesh, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq mourning the loss of loved ones and wondering why this had to happen.

This senseless and arbitrary killing is so far from the teachings and spirit of our tolerant and peaceful faith that those who perpetrated these acts can’t simply claim to be misled. Anybody who justifies, condones or supports such acts can truly be considered to be the enemy of both Islam and humanity.

Daesh’s propagandists will claim that these attacks across the Muslim world are a sign of its strength and power. In reality they are proof of its weakness and inevitable demise. Daesh is lashing out after being pushed out of Al-Fallujah, Al-Ramadi and many other areas of Iraq, Libya and Syria. The end of its satanic “Caliphate” is simply a matter of time and the world will jointly rejoice its passing.

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