Bahrain is prepared to become a “kingdom” and the Bahraini people will also get the promised amended constitution and learn the date of parliamentary elections “within days”, sources told Gulf News daily.
According to the daily, in his address on the Bahrain Defense Force Day last week, the Emir of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced that new constitutional amendments ‘have been put into place, and can be issued as soon as possible”.
The sources said, “That will come sooner than everybody thinks. The Emir will again surprise [his] people.”
In the speech he is expected to deliver on Thursday, the first anniversary of the ratification of the National Action Charter (NAC), the Emir of Bahrain is expected to declare the kingdom and announce the date of elections, the sources added.
“The elections are expected to take place before the end of this year to coincide with the National Day celebrations, in mid-December,” they stated.
The sources expressed that postponing the municipal elections, set originally to take place in May, is being reviewed now, in order to give a chance for people to campaign for parliamentary elections.
Last year, a majority of people voted for constitutional changes the Emir of Bahrain proposed in the NAC that would re-institute the parliament, which had been dissolved in 1974. (Albawaba.com)