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The head of Bahrain's federation of unions said members should support the idea of national dialogue with the government, wire services reported on Friday (February 25th). Protests in Manama continued in Pearl Square Friday.
"It is important for all stakeholders to have their say in this national dialogue initiated by the Crown Prince," said Salman Mahfoodh, secretary-general of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions. The unions pledged support for seven opposition political groups including al-Wefaq.
Opposition groups are seeking creation of a new "national salvation government" and eventual adoption of a constitutional monarchy.
The Federation is affiliated with about 70 unions, representing more than 20,000 workers. A senior religious leader, Imam Isa Qassim said during a Friday sermon that talks with the government should be "clear, comprehensive and productive," AP reported.