7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Bahrain is 'fully behind elections'

DAVOS: Bahrain is fully behind the elections in Iraq, said Crown Prince and BDF Commander-in-Chief Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa last night.

He said people in the Gulf were expecting democracy to be established - even though it was democracy with bullets as well as ballots.

Shaikh Salman was one of the guests on CNN Connects: Freedom to Choose, an hour-long live debate filmed from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

He said there was too much fear in the region and the democratic process would be long and difficult. But the Crown Prince stressed that without participatory government there would be no future for the people of the region.

"This is a first step. It will be a long and difficult process but we must take that first step. There is one less dictator in the region," he said.

The Crown Prince said participatory democracy would help establish the security which we all sought. "I'm an optimist. We should all take it upon ourselves to have more guts and more drive in achieving the goals we all seek to achieve.

"Everybody has challenges. We are not special. We have tremendous risk. Other nations and regions went through tremendous risk and survived.

"What we need to do is capitalise on the moment that exists and that momemnt is now."

The Crown Prince said the Israeli-Palestinian problem had been a poison in the region for 50 years.

"Iraq is moving along the steps to democracy," he continued. "Let's not expect it to be the cure all or end all of everything but at least it's better than what was before.

"There is potential for more and I hope the people of Iraq don't waste it."

The Crown Prince also urged President George W.Bush to remain committed and act on his promises.

CNN Connects: Freedom to Choose will be replayed at 2pm and 10pm today.

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