Dhahrani’s Posse

Yesterday, Khalifa Al-Dhahrani reneged on his decision not to run for the 2nd term of parliament, by not only registering his candidature, but acted as the protagonist in a cheap play by having a posse of 20 people behind him; most notable tails were a bevy of MPs including: Abdulaziz Al-Mousa, Ahmed Behzad (independents, they call themselves, Behzad is the architect and approver of the most restrictive laws which eminated from his committee in the last parliament); Hamad Al-Muhannadi (Asala, Wahabi) and Salah Ali (of Bandargate fame, on the receiving end apparantly) and Abdullatif Al-Shaikh (Muslim Brotherhood, Minbar) as well as our favourite brain-fartist Jassim Al-Saidi (newly formed Wahabi Morons, Inc. membership forms available by doing an Ahmed Attiyatallah and paying Saidi a non-refundable BD3,000 cheque for services rendered to raise the sectarian temperature in the island, he’ll even sign the receipt, no problem.)

The last minute entrance, although he would like to think is being dramatic, the fact of the matter Harry is much better at it. Nevertheless, his excuse is that he was in conference with God, as he does every Ramadhan in the last 10 days. Don’t know what they were talking about (I think it really was just a single-sided conversation if you ask me, and Dhahrani has the hammer) but I guess he interpreted the conversation that he has to do his public duty and place his posterior on an already reserved Speaker of the House leather seat.

All that doesn’t concern me really, it’s politics after all. What really got my goat is the report (arabic) that said that not only was he accompanied by the aforementioned well trained MPs, but within his posse were quite a number of the Chamber’s workers! Sure, they’re citizens and they have every right to support a candidate of their choice, but in my book this is a conflict of interest to say the very least. And as he keeps patting his own shoulders saying that he has had a very long experience in politics and parliaments (hah!) he should have told at least those workers to bugger off as what they are doing is a conflict of interest, and that they are working for the people rather than Dhahrani Est.

So to those who actually work in the illustrious and hushed (normally) halls of abrogated power, could you please tell your colleagues that this is not a “good thing™” to have done, as it shows that they are directly employed by Dhahrani, rather than employed by the people. What they should have done is distance themselves from him until (not if unfortunately) their boss returns to his roost.

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18 Comments
  • Romster
    18 October 2006

    I still don’t get it. Why are you so obsessed with hollow parliment that has prononced “brain dead” at birth. The last parliment got busy trying to keep a sexy babe from singing in Bahrain and depriving us from any form of entertainment and killing tourism. The new one will hold a banner that will define their mission statement

    SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT DAY

  • mahmood
    18 October 2006

    The only way to improve a situation is to do something about it. If we just give up and act as if the problem does not concern us, how will the situation – any situation – change to the better?

    Other democracies took a couple of hundred years to arrive at what they are at now, this is probably our struggle now, but let the count start now, rather than delay it by even a single day. The faster we start to demand accountability and democratic principles, the faster our country will reach its goal.

    Hope. Is a good motivator.

  • amal
    18 October 2006

    Romaster, it is very easy to label something and walk away from it.. but it doesn’t give you much..

    Everything happening today is forming our future as Bahrainis.. if we don’t work hard on understanding what’s happening and getting involved in order to make a change, our rights will be snatched from us and these beautiful islands will turn into hell..

    Hope makes tomorrow brighter..

  • amal
    18 October 2006

    sorry! Romster..

  • Tavareesh
    18 October 2006

    ooooooooh my freind was there ….look what he told me !!!!!! imagine , when somone said loudly ( HE IS COMING …he is coming…he will be here SOON )…..i thought he ment the King or his uncle or son …….and everyone started cleaning DESKS …CARPETS …FLOOR…WINDOWS…DOORS EVEN PCs…&&&&&….bakhoor …air freshner perfumes every where !!!!!! &&&&&&&&&& around 30 persons stood outside waiting.& everyone asking other to check if his ghitrah is well sitting or folded on his brain i mean HEAD !! then suddenly he came…..with his nose up !!! THEN YHEY STARTED KISSING HIS NOSE……here i told my freind please stop …..lets talk about anything….but not about this GROOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

  • nomadic arab
    18 October 2006

    mahmood, you gotta stop putting such creepy pictures on here. almost choked on a bagel browsing your site today.

  • lizardo
    18 October 2006

    good, nice, beautiful, cool, manly and good brains’s posse he have el9ara7a !

  • Ibn
    18 October 2006

    Here’s my solution to all of this mess:

    Gas the parliament chambers to make everyone sedated.

    Shave their beards.

    Slap on some cool Gillete aftershave on them.

    Splash cold water on them to wake them up.

    … Do you think they will freak out and immediately go out and buy fake beards?

    -Ibn

  • Anonymous
    18 October 2006

    i kindof figured things were going to happen this way. you see he guessed that al wefaq would probably win in the elections and that he would loose as chairman next term. so if a shia becomes head of the lower house then the government appoints a sunni for the upper house. he made a statment to not run figuring that the gov. would put him head of the shura. i guess he didn’t get a response from them or he got a negative one. so now hes out of both houses and on the street. then he thinks to himself that being a member is the lower house isn’t so bad anymore.

  • mahmood
    18 October 2006

    Anon ahhhhhh, now the bulb got lit. Thanks!

    Ibn, and Gilette would actually PAY them good money, as they have done with the head of the New York Exchange on the launch of their 3-blade Mach razors when he agreed for them to shave his beard on the floor.. maybe if offered even 10% of what the other guy got, the first in line would be Saidi!

    nomadic, see what you’re missing? You should repack your bags and come back here man, and double quick as the fun is about to start!

    lizardo, how right you are! 😆

  • can we talk now
    18 October 2006

    Ibn,
    you forgot to mention the belly dancers!!!!

  • Ibn
    18 October 2006

    Mahmood, CWTN,

    hehe yeah. This got me thinking: Perhaps the swearing in ceremony for any high level government official should be getting his face shaved in public while televised. Only then is one “sworn” in, to leave religion out politics. hehe

    I can see it now…the Razor Revolution! 😛

    -Ibn

  • anonymous
    19 October 2006

    im waiting the 25th of November 3la a7ar mn iljamr, just to see this time whether people will chose wisely or not since some opposition figures with a bright past and good ideas had decided to run. I hope really that candidates like Dr. Muneera Fakhro and Abdulaziz Abul win, i mean if Dr. Muneera won this would be a true honor for the Bahraini women, at least she has some accomplishments. 🙂 بكل بساطة ما نبي مجلس نواب بصام ذبحته المعاش التقاعدي اللي اصلا هم ما يستاهلونه Ùˆ مفشلينه كل يوم بهوشاتهم 🙂

  • Anonymous
    19 October 2006

    leave us from politics mahmood for one post, i want you to give us a snapshot of your Breakfast feast as Ramadan is ending soon! =P

  • hass
    20 October 2006

    are we sure that mr PM didn’t push Dhahrani to participate again, and promise him he will be chairman again as the whole game still in the government hands
    and they will force salafeyah to be the majority as they have proven to be the most loyal to regme

  • Akkad
    24 October 2006

    Mahmood, european democracies took long to reach what they are today no doubt, but there was hope but there is none here. besides, it is not right to start today where they started, coz we too have brains and the whole enchilada.

  • Some Guy
    24 October 2006

    Minor nitpick: the word is “candicacy”, not “candidature”, unless you’re trying to make some kind of pun with “caricature”.

  • mahmood
    24 October 2006

    candidature |-ËŒ ch oŏr; – ch É™r| noun Brit.

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