Opposition Demands and Talks With the Government

In early February and March, the Bahraini opposition demanded only constitutional reforms and a fully-elected parliament.

However, since these demands were not met, the leading Shia opposition party threatened to pull out of the government sponsored talks. The talks were set up to be inherently unfair. Out of 300 representatives, only 25 were from Shia groups, and the only 5 of these members were from Al-Wifaq. Protesters demanded that opposition parties not even participate in the talks because they were inherently unfair and the political process was corrupt. The monarchy was not involved at all in the talk and the discussions never even came close to the root causes of the protests. These talks took place throughout the summer but stalled with the opposition of Al-Wifaq.

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