When international writers criticize events in Bahrain, they often take it for granted that because Bahrain is a Monarchy the situation must be ripe for revolution. Monarchy is equated with dictatorship, despotism and oppression.
However, these presumptions deserve to be questioned.
Firstly Bahrain is a Constitutional – not Absolute – Monarchy. When King Hamad came to the throne, his new Constitution – the National Action Charter, which gained 98.4% of the votes in a public referendum, clearly delimited the powers of the Monarchy and established an elected Parliament. The powers of that Parliament were further enhanced in constitutional amendments in 2012.
This puts Bahrain in the category of Constitutional Monarchies like Morocco, Denmark, Jordan and Great Britain; where the rule of law, elected representatives, and the popular will limit and check the powers of the King....