MANAMA, March 3 (Reuters) - Bahraini opposition groups said
on Thursday they were now ready to enter into talks with the
government without pre-conditions, but have sent a letter to the
crown prince saying they want a new government and constitution.
The opposition groups, formed mainly of disgruntled majority
Shi'ite Muslims, have led large protests in the island kingdom
since last month, but had previously demanded a commitment by
the ruling Sunni al-Khalifa family to democratic reforms before
The US-allied Sunni government has made some concessions
after ordering troops off the streets under international
pressure, but a formal political dialogue has not yet started.
Six political groups led by the main Shi'ite opposition
group Wefaq want the resignation of the cabinet, a new
constitution under which the government is elected and an
investigation into the actions of the security forces.