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Bahrain's national dialogue ends with strengthening parliament power

07-25-2011 16:30 BJT

MANAMA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's national dialogue ended on Sunday with participants agreeing to enhance powers of the elected parliament.

The discussion under all four themes - political, social, economic and human rights - finally concluded with delegates reaching consensus to grill ministers in parliamentary sessions and grant the elected parliament greater legislative and monitoring powers, said Isa Abdulrahman, spokesman for the national dialogue.

The dialogue discussed on Sunday placing the National Audit Court under the aegis of the parliament and granting parliament the right to amend the government's general budget without its approval and ensure greater transparency.

A special session to address the foreign residents' community's contributions will be held on Monday and will be attended by close to 60 representatives from expatriate clubs, associations and religious institutions.

The final outcomes of the session will be forwarded by dialogue chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to act.

The national dialogue was called by the Bahraini leadership last month and aims to bring together various segments of the Bahraini society to present the people's views and demands for further reforms in the country.

Over 300 participants from political societies, human rights groups, women groups, nongovernmental organizations, unions, religious academies and expatriate groups are taking part in the high-level talks.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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