Bahrain: MPs to vote on giving themselves more powers

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MPs will vote this week on granting themselves more powers to monitor the performance of the Government.

Tabled by 29 MPs, the proposal would allow MPs to question any member of the Cabinet. Currently they can only question ministers.

MPs say the amendment will “widen the jurisdictions of legislators and create more balance between both the Legislative and Executive Authorities”.

If approved, it will enable MPs and Shura Council members to question any Cabinet member by sending them written questions and receive a reply in the same form.

The proposal will be reviewed and voted on by the 40-member council during their regular weekly meeting on Tuesday.


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