Controversial Bahraini MP may be dismissed

October 31, 2011

Bahrain’s lower chamber on Tuesday started procedures to dismiss a lawmaker for his unruly behaviour and disrespect for fellow MPs.

MP Osama Muhanna waded into controversy last week when in the middle of a heated verbal argument with MP Ganem Al Buaynain he threatened to throw a book at him. 

The MP was reportedly involved in another argument with MP Sawsan Taqawi, the head of the defence and interior commission, in a corridor during the prayer break. Angry MPs called for taking action against Osama for his verbal assaults and threats.

The 40-member lower chamber, holding its first session following the unprecedented incidents, agreed to transfer the case to the legal and legislative commission for recommendation after a majority of the MPs supported the move.

Osama was elected to the lower chamber on October 1 in the second round of by-elections held to replace the 18 MPs from Al Wefaq who resigned in late February to protest against the way the authorities handled demonstrations.

The mass resignation was initially put on hold by the lower chamber to give time to Al Wefaq, the leading bloc then, to reconsider its position. However, it was eventually accepted after the political and religious society said it would not change its decision.

Al Wefaq boycotted the by-elections and launched a media campaign against the parliament.



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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