King Hamad Says Regional Developments Made him Merge Ministries & Announces December 17 “National Martyrs Day”
Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said that the rapidly-unfolding political developments in the region required him to issue directives to merge some ministries” and announced that a National Martyrs Day will be marked on December 17.
Local Newspaper: Bahraini Government Leaning Towards Raising Retirement Age to 65
Bahrain Mirror: The local Bahraini Al-Bilad newspaper said that the Bahraini government is leaning towards gradually raising the retirement age during the coming years to 65.
Bahraini Cabinet Decides to Merge Gov’t Entities to Reduce Costs
Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said that the government approved during its session on Monday (October 5, 2015) to merge some governmental entities to avoid duplication of work, increase productivity and reduce costs.
Bahraini Opposition Criticizes New Cabinet Line-up & Calls for Government that Represents Fabric of Society
The national opposition parties in Bahrain said the issuance of a royal decree regarding the limited "reshuffling" in the cabinet fell short of representing anything more than cosmetic solutions for the wide political and economic crises in Bahrain over the past four and a half years.
BFHR: Only 18% Shiite Representation in New Cabinet Composition
Bahrain Mirror: The media manager of Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR), Baqer Darwish, said that the Bahraini authorities are still exercising discrimination against the indigenous Shiites, as their representation was 0% in the sovereign ministries and 18.18% in the service ministries of the new cabinet.
Wa’ad: Bahrain Needs National Unity Government to Face Budget Deficit
Bahrain Mirror: The National Democratic Action Society “Wa'ad” called on the Bahraini authorities to form a national unity government to face the financial crisis due to the drop in fuel prices and budget deficit.
UN Group Demands Information about Bahraini Gov’t. Steps to Prevent Enforced Disappearance
Bahrain Mirror: The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances asked Bahrain about information regarding its steps to prevent cases of enforced disappearance.
Local Bahraini Newspaper: Smaller Cabinet Will Include Service Ministries
Bahrain Mirror: Al-Ayam newspaper, owned by the Bahraini King's advisor Nabeel Al-Hamer, said most of the ministries nominated for being merged in the smaller cabinet are related to services.
Bahraini King Meets PM & CP to Discuss Cabinet & Financial Situation
Bahrain Mirror: The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) announced that King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met with his uncle, Prime Minister, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa in the presence of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to discuss the requirements of the current stage in light of the financial situation.
BFHR: US State Department Defends Bahraini Gov’t that Suppresses its Own People
Bahrain Mirror: The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR) said that the statement made by the Spokesperson of US Department of State, John Kirby, “makes the US administration a defender of a country that is used to suppressing its people.”
MP Al-Qarata: Government to Present New Decree to Raise Public Debt Ceiling to 12 Billion
Bahrain Mirror: The Bahraini Member of Parliament Ahmed Al-Qarata said: “The government will present a new decree-law to the parliament to raise the public debt ceiling in order to open the door for more borrowing following the drop in oil prices.”