Al Meethaq

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Al-Meethaq (Arabic: جمعية ميثاق العمل الوطني, romanizedJamʿiyya Mīṯāq al-ʿAmal al-Waṭaniyy; lit.'National Action Charter Society') is a liberal political party in Bahrain. It was founded by Sunni and Shi'a businessmen from well-known families in 2002.[1]

It won no seats in the 2002 or 2006 general elections. Sixteen of its members were appointed by the King of Bahrain in 2002 to the wholly appointed Consultative Council of Bahrain which co-legislates with the elected Council of Representatives of Bahrain.[2]

With other liberal groups, al-Meethaq has established the Al-Muntada activist group which campaigns for personal freedoms.[3]

The party's leader is Ahmad Juma, who is culture editor of the newspaper Al Ayam.

Bahraini uprising[edit]

On 16 February 2011, the third day of the Bahraini uprising, al-Meethaq said that it was unconstitutional to ask for devolution of power and establishment of an elected government. "The repeated statements by Ali Salman, head of Al Wefaq about devolution of power and an elected government are completely flawed", the statement said.[4]


  1. ^ "Bahrain - Political Parties". Global Security. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ Under the searing Bahrain sun, liberals with few illusions, Daily Star (Lebanon), 7 September 2004
  3. ^ Bahrain Forum to campaign for personal freedoms Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, Gulf News, 20 November 2005
  4. ^ "جمعية الميثاق تؤكد عدم دستورية مطالب تداول السلطة". Al-Wasat. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.

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