Reform

  • Article // Dec 23, 2014
    Elizabeth Dickinson
    As Bahrain’s newly elected parliament convened for the first time last week, the island nation stands divided. The Shi‘a-dominated opposition boycotted last month’s elections and will be outside the political system for the foreseeable future, leaving little prospect for the community’s political advancement. Meanwhile, the predominantly Sunni electorate participated strongly in the polls and will move forward alone on a series of reforms and priorities that are most important to their community.
  • The need for a more open political environment, in addition to debates over the pros and cons of a market-based versus state-controlled economy, have been at the heart of debates over reform for decades.

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