"The time is ripe to initiate the landmark transition, heralding deeper cooperation," al-Khalifa, a prince, said.
After a year of a Shiite-led insurgency allegedly backed by Iran, the Bahrain monarchy is now exploring the creation of a GCC Union it believes will counteract Teheran's ambitions in the region, the Bahrain Daily News reported Monday.
The Socialist Forum said al-Wefaq -- Bahrain main opposition bloc -- warned against the move toward federalism, stressing the Shiite community would not "allow it."
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