Bahraini opposition accused of ignoring people's real needs

February 27, 2012 12:05 pm 

MANAMA, Feb. 27 — A Bahraini lawmaker slammed some opposition societies for putting their own agenda ahead of addressing the real needs of the people, local media reported on Sunday.

Parliamentarian Abdulhaleem Murad of Al Asala Islamic Society, who made the remarks, further demanded the parliament be given more power as it is the only body that can fight for the rights of citizens.

"There is no doubt we all should fight corruption and work for better housing, human rights and good salaries for the citizens," said Murad. "But the problem is that these (opposition) societies are taking advantage of all these public demands to promote their own agenda."

He said the ongoing violence in the streets is affecting residents' lives and efforts toward a dialogue are needed in order to achieve reforms.

Mass protests erupted in Bahrain last February and unrest has been ongoing in minor scales in the Island country.

Opposition groups, most notably Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, have been frequently organizing public events criticizing the government. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/ebp

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