2022 Portfolios: Dissolution of Khalifa bin Salman's Wing, Formation of New Government, A Change in Form Not in Substance
On June 13, 2022, Bahrain witnessed the most significant ministerial reshuffle in its history, led by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad, who heads the government. This reshuffle marked the elimination of the wing associated with the late Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman, along with the removal of most ministers aligned with the Khawalids, notably Justice Minister Khalid bin Ali and Oil Minister Mohammed bin Khalifa, the son of the Field Marshal.
UN Rapporteurs Demand Bahrain to Initiate Investigation on Violations against Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja
UN special rapporteurs expressed their utmost concern at the continued arbitrary detention of human rights defender Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, after receiving concerning allegations of torture, ill treatment, poor prison conditions and demanded Bahrain to initiate an investigation on these violations.
BPA: Bahraini Gov't Carries Out Arbitrary Arrests, Investigations against Activists Coinciding with IPU Assembly
The Bahrain Press Association (BPA) condemned the authorities' arrest of 4 citizens who are active on social media outlets, including lawyer Ibrahim Al-Mannai, Kassim Al-Hujairi, Ali Hassan and Ibrahim Khalil, coinciding with the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in Manama.
Ali Al-Aswad: The Speaker of the Bahraini House of Representatives Said It
We listened to the words of the Speaker of the Bahraini House of Representatives, Ahmed Al-Musallam, who impressed us with his meager leadership - of what is supposed to be the People's House - a statement made in an attempt to intimidate MPs, live on air.
Bahraini Dies while Working in Kuwait
Bahraini youth Qassim Mohammed Abdulrasoul Al-Ali died in Kuwait (November 19) while working at a station belonging to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity.
HRW on Political Isolation Laws: You Can't Call Bahrain A Democracy
Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on Monday (October 31, 2022) that the Bahraini government uses political isolation laws and a series of other tactics to keep activists and former opposition members away from public posts.
Bahrain: First State to Announce Decline in Oil Sector
While the government of Bahrain announced GDP growth of 6.9% in the second quarter of this year, it noted a decline in oil sector growth by 2.2%. So how did the sector's growth decline as oil prices doubled?
Bahrain Gov't stops Paying Overtime Wages, Substitutes them with "Days off"
ublic sector workers said that the civil service bureau has issued a directive to stop paying overtime wages in all ministries, institutions, and government agencies, provided that overtime wages be substituted with days off.
Rashid bin Abdullah's Government Spearheads Bahraini Scene through Travel Borders
Khalifa bin Salman is gone and Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa has come instead. Rashid has become the second head in the government of Bahrain now, the strong man who decides whenever he wants to cause tensions or calm the scene.
Nagham Al-Faytrouni: What It Means to Have Al Khalifa Represented by Only 4 MPs Only in New Gov't
Everyone agrees that ruling in Bahrain has a long experience in manipulating political issues, with the aim of putting obstacles in the opposition's path, when it comes to any detail that attracts criticism and illustrates sources of corruption.
For these reasons, Appointment of 9 Shiite Ministers doesn't Mean Much
The recent cabinet reshuffle on Monday (June 13, 2022) carried a lot of connotations and opened the door for analyses and speculation, in an initial attempt to figure out the real reason behind such a step and what it could entail in the future.
Bahrain's King Orders Cabinet Reshuffle, Names New Oil Minister: State Media
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa ordered a cabinet reshuffle on Monday that included appointing a new oil minister, state media reported.
King Hamad Issues Decree Reshuffling the Cabinet
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Issued Decree 25 of 2022 reshuffling the Cabinet.
Bahrain Suspends Flights Coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal
Following popular demands and based on the recommendations of the National Medical Taskforce for Combatting the Coronavirus, the government of Bahrain decided to suspend flights coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Who'll Stay and Who'll Go in the New yet Frail Old Bahrain Gov't?
On November 11, 2020, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa died. On the same day, a royal decree was issued appointing crown prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa as premier . The new prime minister didn't replace any minister, but promised to do so in a press interview he conducted recently.
Gov't Team Approves "Controversy" Urgent Decisions Package to Extend Pension Fund to 2086
A government meeting in Bahrain discussed with the Social Insurance Organization's Board of Directors an urgent reform package aimed at extending pension and insurance funds to 2086.
Bahrain Reduces Work Permit Fees by 50% for 3 Months
The Cabinet approved in its session on Monday a decision to reduce some fees imposed by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) on all kinds of work permits for one year, and all monthly fees related to them by 50% for three months, starting from this month (July).
Brian Dooley to GIDHR: Prisoners Contracting Coronavirus would Harm Ruling Family Reputation, Gov’t Should Release Them
Activist Brian Dooley from Human Rights First said that we are in a new context because of the Coronavirus, indicating that "people, like Naji Fateel and other human rights defenders, should not be imprisoned with or without the virus."
Bahrain Clerics Urge Releasing Prisoners before Coronavirus Invades Prison
A number of Shiite religious scholars in Bahrain issued a statement stressing on the "necessity to release prisoners of conscience in Bahrain before this virus invades the prison." They warned of the consequences of the authorities' disregard for the call launched by Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim to release political prisoners.
Where Did the Government of Bahrain Fail in the Coronavirus Issue?
December 12, 2019 was the globally adopted date marking the discovery of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which since has exhausted the world with its fast spreading and painful economic and humanitarian effects.