Bahrain MPs fume at govt for leaking bill details

MANAMA — The Chamber of Deputies expressed angrily its displeasure with the government for leaking the contents of the naturalisation bill to a local newspaper before submitting it to the parliament.

By From Our Correspondent

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Published: Thu 23 Mar 2006, 10:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:37 PM

Deputies called upon the government to respect the Chamber and follow a better transparent approach. It was only days after the government’s announcement on having completed the drafting of the bill, a local daily carried report on it with significant detail.

Deputy Mohammed Al Shaikh has been quoted as saying at the Chamber that he could not understand why the parliament should wait for the government to submit the bill when a similar law proposal has been gathering dust at the Chamber for two years.

For three years, the Chamber has been calling upon the government to withdraw citizenship of those who have acquired it illegally or through influences. Al Shaikh and his Islamic bloc have been exerting pressure on the Chamber to approve the bill and the government has been exercising its powers to postpone the draft law. He said it was not acceptable because we need transparency.

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