Bahrain's political dialogue to end crisis reaches stalemate

2013-03-24 09:11:07 GMT2013-03-24 17:11:07(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANAMA, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's political dialogue to seek a solution to the crisis triggered by Shiite protesters in the country since February, 2011, stalled after the government and the opposition seemingly reached a stalemate, local Al Ayam newspaper reported.

The talks began on Feb. 10 as the continuation of the National Consensus Dialogue that was held in 2011.

The opposition demanded an elected government, more powerful legislative authority, better election system and halt of political naturalization. It accused the government's current representative of hindering the dialogue and insisted that the king assign a new representative in the talk and carry out a public referendum for all the dialogue outcomes.

However, the government shrugged off the opposition's demand to appoint a representative and highlighted that all outcomes will be referred to him for implementation.

The opposition said at a press conference last week that it has no intention to hinder the talks, contending "We still feel that the dialogue is a strategic option to protect the country from losing more lives and money."

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