US to install new Bahraini king: Report
King Hamas bin Isa Al Khalifa
The US administration is reportedly planning to replace the Bahraini ruler, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, over his failure to end months of protests in the country.
According to a report published by Islam Times, Washington has urged King Hamad to restore peace and stability to the country by end of 2011 even at the price of his resignation.
The report also says that Washington wants to replace King Hamad with a Sunni ruler upon agreement with Saudi Arabia.
It also said that the US has announced it will not tolerate Manama's delay in crushing nationwide anti-government protests.
Al-Wefaq, the main opposition bloc in Bahrain, has also said that Washington is dissatisfied with the current situation in the country, which is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, and is pressuring the Manama government to go back to its previous situation.
Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Scores of people have been killed, many others injured and more than 2,000 public sector workers were fired during the government crackdown.
On Wednesday, a long-awaited report on the Manama government's rights abuse during the crackdowns concluded that Bahraini security forces had used "excessive force" against protesters, physically and mentally tortured detainees and violated their human rights.
In response to the report, King Hamad vowed to reform Bahrain's laws and to do everything possible to prevent the repetition of "those painful events''.
He also said that officials involved in abuse during a crackdown on anti-government protests would be held accountable and replaced.