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PM says Bahrain will emerge stronger from uprisings

Interior Ministry says security situation across the kingdom is 'stable', schools return on Tuesday

PM says Bahrain will emerge stronger from uprisings
Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Bahrain's Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said on Monday that his country would emerge stronger from the uprisings that have blighted it for the past few weeks.

He said the kingdom would "overcome the current circumstance" thanks to the wise leadership of King Hamad as well as the "resolve and patriotism of the Bahraini people".

"The kingdom will emerge stronger and more determined," he said in comments published by state news agency BNA.

The Prime Minister thanked citizens for "their support to drive Bahrain out of the crisis and boost its stability and national unity" and paid tribute to the GCC member states for their backing and assistance.

"The honourable stances of the Bahraini citizens boost our confidence that the future of the nation is prosperous," he added.

The Ministry of the Interior also said the current security situation across the kingdom was stable, with life returning to normal patterns.

The Ministry intends to intensify the 24-hour security measures in all areas and neighbourhoods in order to "protect citizens and residents and prevent any criminal activity".

Separately, it was announced that public primary schools would reopen on Tuesday.

Education Minister Dr Majed bin Ali Al Nuaimi said normal service would be resumed at all private schools, special needs schools, kindergartens and private universities.

Bahrain declared martial law on March 15 after troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE arrived to help quell protests that have gripped the Gulf state for more than a month.

The army on March 19 demolished the 300ft monument on the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, which had become a focal point for protesters.

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