Collective Withdrawal of MPs from Waqf Investigation Commission Hours after Request Submission
Al-Ayyam Bahraini local newspaper reported that four MPs told the paper about their intention to withdraw from the request to form a commission of inquiry into the violations of the departments of the Sunni and Jafari Endowment directorates (Waqf), only hours after signing the request.
Social Insurance Authority: Retirement Cost of “Shura and Parliament” Members Amounts to over 9m Dinars Since 2009
General Authority for Social Insurance in Bahrain revealed that the total retirement cost of the members of the Shura and House of Representatives during the past eight years (2009-2016) amounted to BD 9 million.
Unified Family Law Includes Clauses Conflicting with Jaafari Jurisprudence
A Bahraini Member of Parliament confirmed that the Unified Family Law, which the government referred to the Parliament, includes clauses that conflict with the Jaafari doctrine.
Legislative Committee Approves Unified Family Law, Parliament to Pass it Next Week
The Legislative and Legal Affairs’ Parliamentary Committee approved the new Unified Family Law recently referred to it by the government.
Gov’t Amendment on Budget Reveals BD 5 million Increase in Budget Deficit
The government amendments to the general budget draft law for the fiscal years 2017-2018 revealed an increase in the budget deficit by BD 5 million 428 thousand.
Bahrain: Parliamentary Financial Committee Approves BD 13 Billion Public Debt Limit
The Committee on Financial and Economic Affairs in the Bahraini Parliament approved by a majority vote to raise the public debt limit to BD 13 billion. This came during a meeting convened for the committee on Saturday (July 8, 2017).
Parliament’s Financial Committee Agrees on Passing Budget Draft Law
The Committee on Financial and Economic Affairs in the Bahraini Parliament agreed to pass the general budget draft law for the fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
Unified Family Law Referred to Parliament under Urgent Status
The Bahraini Government referred the unified family law to the parliament under an urgent status. The law articles are expected to be discussed next week.
Bahrain Parliament Legislative Committee Approves 5-Year Construction Deadline for GCC Land Owners
The Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee at the Council of Representatives in Bahrain approved a proposed law in its amended form, concerning adding a new article to the Decree Law No. (40) of 1999.
Bahraini MP Demands Qatar Dispute Not be Resolved before it Pays Bahrain $40B
Bahraini Member of Parliament demanded that the dispute with Qatar not be resolved before the latter pays BD 15 billion (around $39 billion), as compensation for economic damages caused by Qatar’s “support of terrorism”.
Parliament Proposes up to BD 400 Fine on Any Passport with Unofficial Stamps
The Bahraini Parliament heads towards approving a legislative amendment in the law of passports. This would impose a penalty of no less than BD 50 and no more than BD 400, on anyone who deliberately sabotaged his passport.
Parliament’s Services Committee Rejects Proposed Gov’t Company to Monopolize Recruiting Domestic Workers
The Parliamentary services committee rejected a proposed draft law to establish a governmental company in contribution from the Labor Market Regulatory Authority, to solely recruit domestic workers.
Parliament Passes Urgent Proposal to Adopt Legal Measures against Names Mentioned in Published Phone Call
The Bahraini parliament passed (Tuesday June 20, 2017) an urgent proposal to pursue all those whose names were mentioned in the phone call recently broadcasted on Bahrain TV.
Bahrain Gov’t Refers Draft Law to Parliament Raising Limit on Debt to BD 13B
Head of the Parliamentary Financial and Economic Affairs Committee Abdul Rahman Bu Ali said that a new draft law suggests raising the bar on the state public debt from 10 billion BD to 13 billion BD.
MoI: Publishing Photos of Defendants not a Violation of Law or Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Ministry of Interior viewed a draft law to be discussed at the parliament in it next session, and said that publishing photos for defendants, after obtaining permission from the Public Prosecution, does not violate the local law, or the Universal declaration of Human Rights.
MPs Approve 10 BD Fees on Sewage Network Extension
The Council of Representatives approved in its Tuesday (May 9, 2017) session a proposal to impose a fixed 10 Bahraini Dinar fee (paid once), for the extension of sewage network.
Bahrain Pays Over $1B in Interest on Public Debt Last Year, Reports Suggest
Information reported that the Bahraini government paid about 395 million dinars (more than $1 billion) in 2016 as interests to lending banks.
MPs Reject Proposal Allowing Appeal Judges to Inspect Prisons
The Council of Representatives (Parliament) rejected a proposal law to amend some provisions of law no. (18) of 2014, suggesting appointing a committee of appeal judges to inspect prisons a maximum of twice a year.
Head of Parliament Financial Committee Expects Budget Reduction in Benefits, Gov’t Employees
Bahraini Member of Parliament, and head of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee in the council, MP Abdulrahman Bu Ali, said he would not be surprised if he received the budget and saw a reduction in current benefits.
Legislative Committee Refuses Transferring Power to Appoint Assistant-Secretaries from Speaker to King
The Legislative and Legal Affairs’ Committee at the Shura Council expressed rejection to have the Parliament Speaker’s power to “appoint assistance secretaries in the General Secretariat of the parliament” transferred to the King by means of a royal decree.