In what is thought to be a gesture of good will, a number of political prisoners in Bahrain have been released from jail.
It is one of the first actual deeds backing up the the pledge by the kingdom’s royal family to embark on a constructive path to political reform.
An alleged coup plotter, Hassan Mushaimaa will also have welcomed this move. He is set to return after living in exile in London and is hoping threats to arrest him will now be dropped.
Protesters are still occupying Pearl Square waiting for more evidence of change and reform.
The crown prince has met with some opposition leaders although no dialogue has yet begun.
The majority Shi’ites want more of a say in the running of the country where power lies in the hands of the minority Sunnis.