Bahrain opp. urged to form exile govt.

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A political analyst says Bahrain’s opposition groups should form a government in exile in order to better conduct their campaign against the Al Khalifa regime, Press TV reports.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday, Syed Ali Wasif, a member of the Washington-based Society for International Reforms and Research, stated that Bahraini opposition parties are in need of guidance and should seek some international political and legal support.

“For this reason, I think they have to establish an exile government; that’s what I have been saying for the last three years. Until you have an exile government outside of Bahrain somewhere in Eastern Europe and Russia or somewhere in Africa…then you might be able to conduct your first day-to-day affairs in [a] more befitting manner than what they are doing right now,” he added.

Wasif further noted that the Bahraini opposition can exert a lot of pressure on the Al Khalifa regime and all those mercenaries who have gathered in Manama to brutally crack down on the peaceful protesters in the Persian Gulf country if they can garner strong political and legal support from the international community.

“So, the leadership should establish [an] exile government either in Russia or in an African country and to gain some kind of substantial status as an observer with the United Nations General Assembly. In that manner it’s going to improve… dynamic to assert their kind of policy on the Manama regime there and to topple the government,” the analyst pointed out.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to assist the Manama regime in its crackdown on the peaceful protests.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on the anti-regime protesters.

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