Politics by Petition

Issue 499 - 14 Nov 1994
The news that Bahraini opponents of the al Khalifah ruling family are preparing a petition for presentation to the ruler later this month brings to the fore the question of the future stability of this small emirate. In the short term there are few signs that the opposition can have much impact on the country's affairs but in the medium term the emirate will have to deal with water shortages and the end of its oil reserves, providing ammunition for opponents of the ruling house.

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