Opposition Activists Confirm Option of Boycotting Elections
Opposition activists have emphasized their adherence to the option of boycotting elections until a real reform process is made, through which the opposition can be involved in decision-making.
Can We Bet on Loyalists to Take Stance in Upcoming Elections?
The 2018 parliament has come to an end and become a thing of the past. The former Council only reaped popular discontent, as it approved the taxes the government wanted, agreed to deduct massive amounts from the Future Generations Reserve Fund, and voted in its last chapter on an unfair retirement law.
MP Hamad Al-Kouheji: I Agreed on Increasing VAT after Consulting with People of My District
MP Hamad Al-Kouheji issued a statement justifying his approval of the VAT increase after sharp criticism of him and others who agreed on the VAT increase amid public discontent.
7 Political Societies Denounce Reduction of Parliamentary Powers: It'll Not be Last Step Amid Gov't Control over Majority of MPs
Seven Bahraini political societies issued a statement on Friday (April 23, 2021), in which they voiced their condemnation of the decision reducing the powers of the Parliament, especially the stances of members of parliament who voted in favor or those who abstained from voting, thus allowing the law to be passed.
Moves by EU MPs to Take Firmer Stances against Bahraini Regime HR Violations
Diplomatic sources revealed that EU deputies are moving in various directions to push the EU leadership to take firmer positions with the Bahraini regime, and are coordinating efforts with other international groups to determine a serious stance towards the violations practiced against activists and political detainees.
Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Report: Differences in Hundreds of Millions of Dinars in SIO Calculations
The final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee into pension funds concluded that there are differences in the figures provided by the Social Insurance Organization to the committee amounting to "hundreds of millions of dinars".
New Draft Legislation to Increase Deduction in Support of Future Generations Reserve Fund
The Government is planning to refer a draft legislation to the legislative branch to increase the deduction from oil sales in support of the Future Generations Reserve Fund.
Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halting Economic, Tourist Activities with Turkey
The Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee at the Council of Representatives called to take strict measures to halt the economic activities with Turkey, and stop the visits of Bahraini and GCC tourists to Turkish cities.
Empty Support Package: Poverty to Kill Bahrainis before Coronavirus
After much ado, a government decision was issued announcing new support package features claiming to save the crumbling economy.
NAO Report Reveals Only Fraction of Corruption Plaguing the Country: Al-Wefaq Society
The National Islamic Al-Wefaq Society said that the report of the National Audit Office revealed information and figures exposing a small fraction of the evidence of rampant corruption in all state institutions and bodies.
Government Perhaps Steps Closer to Legalizing Hashish
What did people think of the Netherlands when the government decided to grow and sell cannabis to its citizens? Capitalist governments always think of making money and addressing their financial and economic crises, and often do not put an ethical limit to their decision-making. Bahrain is moving in the same direction when it proposed growing and selling tobacco to citizens without regard to the environmental and health aspects.
University Graduates Make Up Over Half of Bahrain's Unemployed
The head of a parliamentary inquiry committee said that more than half of the unemployed registered in the Bahraini Ministry of Labor are university graduates, pointing out that the number is expected to increase.
King Hamad Gives Green Light to Security Agencies to be Strict with Tweeters
Bahrain Press Association (BPA) issued in May its annual report for 2018 entitled "Bahrain, the Kingdom of Closed Doors".
Review of House of Representatives’ Work in 1st Session: Zero Achievements
The first session of the fifth legislative round of the Shura council and House of Representatives ended on Wednesday (May 15, 2019) on King Hamad’s order. What did the House of Representatives achieve during this time?
Editorial: To Speakers of Shura Council and Parliament: Respect Bahrain's Poor
Many decades may pass without the Bahraini people, especially the poor, hearing such a cynical laugh at their poverty and need, the laughter of the speaker of the Shura Council Ali Saleh Al-Saleh.
Health Insurance Plan Covers 60% of Private Medicine Treatment Cost, Citizens Pay the Rest: MP
A member of the Finance and Economic Committee, MP Ahmed Al-Salloum, said that the health insurance project will be fully implemented by 2020, according to the what was stated by the Minister of Health Fa'iqa Al-Saleh during a meeting with the joint committee between the Shura and Representatives Council yesterday.
Editorial: Who Should We Get Angry at?
Amid heaps of worries and hardships faced by Bahrainis, and the series of piled up bad news, Bahrainis were hit by the announcement that the House of Representatives approved on March 19, 201), the deduction of 230 million BD from the Unemployment Fund to finance the voluntary retirement program.
Former MP Ibrahim BouSandal: Gov’t Sweeping Dirt under the Rug
A wave of popular discontent among Bahraini citizens struck after the House of Representatives passed a legal amendment allowing the government to put its hand on the Unemployment Insurance Fund to finance the voluntary retirement program.
Trade Unions Federation President: MPs Disappointed Bahrain Workers, Facilitated Infringement on their Funds
he Secretary General of the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions in Bahrain (GFWTUB), Hassan Al-Halwaji, expressed his regret that those who are considered representatives of the people passed the proposed amendments to the Unemployment Fund law and disregarded and facilitated the encroachment on the workers' funds instead of protecting them.
MPs Pass Project of Funding Voluntary Retirement Program from Unemployment Fund
The Bahraini House of Representatives approved on March 19, 2019, a bill referred by the government as a matter of urgency. It includes amendments to the law on unemployment insurance. Among the amendments are the transfer of funds from the Unemployment Fund to finance the voluntary retirement program, and the sum amounts to 230 million dinars.