Preparations for 2010 Bahrain parliamentary elections in full swing.
|Thursday, October 8,2009 00:00|
For the third time since the establishing of parliament in Bahrain in 2001, Al Asalah will be contesting elections as a part of a political, economic and social reform programme. Although elections are more than a year away preparations are been made for the apparently hotly contested seats in parliament.
The Al Asalah bloc, which is the political wing of the Islamic Education Society, is allied with three other independent MPs and is one of the two key Sunni blocs in parliament. The other is the seven-member bloc of Al Menbar National Islamic Society, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Al Eslah Society.
Despite their hard-line ideas they have been labeled "pro-government" because of its participation in the 2002 election and continued support, alongside Al Menbar, for some government legislation since then.