Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

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2002

Feb. 4: The Bahraini Commerce and Industry and Finance ministries decided to do away with the export duties to the US on the locally-produced, ready-made garments to help boost the island's garment industry. [GN, 2/ 04]

Feb. 10: In his address on the Bahrain Defense Force Day last week, Bahraini Amir Shaykh Hamad bin `Isa Al Khalifa said that new constitutional amendments had been put into place and could be issued as soon as possible. [GN, 2/10]

Feb. 11: In ajoint letter submitted to the Amir, Shaykh Hamad bin 'Isa Al Khalifa, leaders of the four main political associations in Bahrain voiced their concern that the government would amend the constitution unilaterally before calling for parliamentary elections, rather than leaving the task to the reinstated legislatures as the constitution requires. [GN, 2/12] Feb. 14: Bahrain was officially proclaimed a kingdom by Shaykh Hamad bin 'Isa Al Khalifah, who became King of Bahrain "in efforts to resume democracy for the welfare and prosperity of Bahrain". The King also announced that municipal elections would be held on May 9 and parliamentary elections on October 24, in which women would be eligible to run for office for the first time. [BBC, Fr, GN, NYT, 2/15]

Feb. 16: A memorandum of understanding was signed among UAE, Jordan, and Bahrain stock markets, which brought them together to set up a virtual stock market that would be in line with NASDAQ of New York. …

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