Report of the Ibn Khaldon Centre
Ibn Khaldon Centre issued its annual report in August 2009 regarding
the civil society and democratization in the Arab world. Most of
the local newspapers did not comment on the report, perhaps because
it was not precise in its information or unbalanced in its analysis
and findings. For example, the report states that: ‘admittedly,
a real democracy does not exist in Bahrain, for there are no competing
political parties, no elected legislative authority, independent
judiciary or true separation of powers’.
Despite the fact that a fully democratic system does not exist
in Bahrain, there are political parties, an elected legislative
authority, general satisfaction with the judiciary and real initiatives
to promote its independence. However, Bahrain needs to exert more
effort in the democratization process.
The report also called on the Government to regard the opposition
as a partner in solving Bahrain’s problems and not a factor threatening
the unity of the country.
The report also considered that ‘It is important that the Parliament
carry out its duty in solving the country’s problems, instead of
rushing towards gaining sectarian favoritism’.