Lower chamber accepts resignation of 11 Al Wefaq MPs, postpones seven

March 29, 2011

Bahrain’s lower chamber has accepted the resignation of 11 lawmakers representing Al Wefaq, the largest bloc until Tuesday morning.

However, the chamber postponed its decision on the remaining seven resignations of the 18-member bloc voted in last October.

Al Wefaq lawmakers submitted their resignation in February, three days after the death of the first victims amid protesters pressing for more reforms.

However, the lower chamber said that it would not accept the resignations and gave Al Wefaq MPs two months to reconsider their unprecedented move.

But the two month-grace period was dropped under pressure from constituents and several sitting lawmakers called for an immediate debate on the resignations and following two postponements, the MPs on Tuesday agreed to make their final decision.

A move by MP Abdul Halim Murad to have a secret session was defeated after the legal consultant said that only the speaker or the government or five MPs could make such a request.

Each of the 18 names representing Al Wefaq was called out with the MPs voting on whether to accept his resignation. However, the decision on eight resignations was postponed.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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