Bahrain: Clampdown before elections

Country Views

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Analyst

Bahrain will hold Assembly elections on 24 November, the first since Al-Wefaq, a prominent Shi’a political group, was banned in 2016. For its part, Al-Wefaq announced on 9 October it would boycott the elections anyway. The elections come as public finances have been hit hard by lower oil revenue.


We tackle some of the following questions: 


  • Who are the main influencers in Bahrain's inner decision-making circle today? Will the elections change the political status quo?
  • How will the structural reforms enacted in return for an assistance package from Bahrain's GCC neighbours affect the economic and social scene? 
  • What are some of the key reforms to attract foreign investment and increase transparency that Bahrain has undertaken in the last quarter? 

The Country Views series shines the spotlight on specific developments in MENA countries, analysing them from a local perspective to deliver forward looking views for businesses and investors.

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