This just in from the official Bahrain News Agency:
Manama, May 8. (BNA) – His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today issued Royal Decree 39 for the year 2011 on lifting the State of National Safety.
According to the Decree, the State of National Safety will be lifted on June 1, 2011.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister, the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), National Guard Chief and ministers are tasked to implement the decree.
I hope that means that the National Dialogue shall also imminently take place, the foreign troops shall be repatriated and the witch hunters are served notice that their job is over too and those who have been summarily and unfairly dismissed from their positions be rightly restored and the political detainees freed forthwith.
What the nation needs now more than anything else is an honest attempt at reconciliation exemplified in the addressing of the very reasons for the eruption of the uprising. To my mind, there is no gentleman better suited to lead us into the new atmosphere than His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad.
Ladies and gentlemen, the time for rolling back our sleeves is here. It behooves us now to pitch in for the better of this country and its people.
All of its people.