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Bahrain King promises expanded Parliament powers

Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 14:54

Manama: Bahrain`s King says the strife-wracked Gulf nation will move ahead with political reforms that widen the powers of the elected Parliament in overseeing governments selected by the ruling monarchy.

The reforms are part of recommendations that emerged last year from talks between various political and civil groups on easing tensions in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which has faced more than 11 months of protests by the Shi’ite majority demanding greater rights.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said on Sunday in a televised address that the new powers include approving Cabinets proposed by the ruling dynasty and greater authority to question and remove Cabinet officials.
But Bahrain`s main Shi’ite groups have withdrawn from Parliament and boycotted reform talks.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 14:54

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