New society to empower young in Bahrain
Manama, July 6, 2013
A new political society has been created to give young people more of a say in Bahrain's future, said a report.
The Al Fateh Youth Coalition (FYC) is a breakaway of the National Unity Assembly (NUA) and aims to influence the country's policies through peaceful means, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
It has already published a manifesto and one of its key proposals is to halve the number of Shura Council members to 20.
"We think the Shura Council should only have 20 members while the number of MPs should stay at 40," said FYC spokesman Yaqoob Al Slaise.
"This is because we believe that the people are the source of power and should be more represented in the government's entity.
"Shura members should also be appointed by the government in co-ordination with political and national powers to make sure the choices serve the interest of the country."
FYC was created by former NUA members who quit the society due to "differences of opinion".
It has so far attracted 30 members and has been spreading awareness about its goals on social media and arranging meetings with key people.
"We already published the coalition's political project on its website to raise awareness," said Al Slaise.
"One of the coalition's goals is to seek a respectable living for all citizens in Bahrain.
"It also seeks democratic development using peaceful means."
The society plans to use Ramadan to visit majlises (community centres) and meet political powers during the holy month.
"We will try to hopefully help political bodies in reaching a solution for Bahrain," said Al Slaise, who added the group would happily join Bahrain's National Dialogue.-TradeArabia News Service