In a surprise move, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was given a new important role in the executive branch of government as the first deputy prime minister, this, along his other official capacity as the crown prince and deputy king. I have no doubt that this much and universally respected personality in Bahrain and beyond will now be given a chance to exert his efforts to find a solution to the quagmire we have had in this country for two long and painful years. In his acceptance cable to the king, he gives us a glimpse of his program basing it on democracy and the respect for human rights.

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to roll up our sleeves and put our hands together not only to repair this country, but take it back from the clenched fists of miscreants and extremists who think of nothing but their own myopic goals.