Tag: parliament

Accountability resurfaces

7 Nov, '0710 Comments

It was with pleasure that I read the following on the front page of the GDN this morning: A new law will force ministers, top government officials, MPs, Shura and municipal councillors to declare their personal finances. An independent commission of judges will have sweeping powers to investigate their finances, including those of their spouses […]

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Interests and friends

Interests and friends

31 Oct, '077 Comments

When Lord Palmerston said the eternal words which translate to a country does not (and should not) have perpetuals enemies nor allies, but permanent interests, who would have thought that we would see this tenet acted out in our very own parliament by two self-appointed stalwarts of political Islam in Bahrain to attain their own […]

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Popcorn ready… awaiting the 2nd session of parliament!

17 Oct, '075 Comments

His majesty the king will be inaugurating the second session of parliament in its second term this afternoon. No bets are being taken this time as to whether Al-Wefaq will be boycotting the proceedings. This time, one would be forgiven for thinking that the tail this time is firmly between legs and claws (if ever […]

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Corruption Index slips again

Corruption Index slips again

27 Sep, '0713 Comments

When the crown prince announced that we must eradicate corruption in our country, he couldn’t have timed it better. I don’t know whether the thing that prompted both him and the prime minister to reiterate their intention to correct this situation is due to them receiving advance copies of the 2007 CPI Report or they […]

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Ah, “reshuffle” announced

Ah, “reshuffle” announced

25 Sep, '073 Comments

Two new faces replace old and bedraggled ones after being “harassed” by an Islamist-led parliament. In other countries this kind of “harassment” would probably be classified as nothing more than a gentle tickle, but hey, some good things are happening and we should be positive. I don’t know much about Al-Hamar, other than being the […]

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