Bahrain marchers not content with reform proposals

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 4:50 PM
Bahrain marchers not content with reform proposals

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets outside Bahrain's capital to call for greater democratic freedoms despite government plans to introduce some political reforms.

Friday's march came a day after Bahrain's king accepted a list of proposed reforms that include strengthening the power of parliament's lower house, the country's only elected body.

The proposals were put forward by a government-sanctioned national dialogue committee. However, its mandate was undercut when the country's largest Shiite party, Al Wefaq, walked out of the talks, arguing that the government wasn't committed to real change and dialogue.

Marchers Friday called for a freely elected government and chanted slogans urging the downfall of the monarchy.