Number of women lawmakers in Bahrain’s upper house rises to 11 

MANAMA — The number of women parliamentarians in the upper house has increased to eleven after the inclusion of 40 new Consultative Council members on Wednesday.

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Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010, 12:13 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:18 AM

Seven out of the ten members have made it to the new council, while four new faces have joined the membership that will last for the next four years. The new members include General Secretary of the Supreme Council for Women, Lulwa Al Awadi .

Minority communities have been represented by Hala Ramzi Faiz Qareesa, a Christian and Nanci Daina Khudari, a Jew.

The forty members will work on draft laws presented by the government in consultation with the forty members of the lower house who were elected in October.

The third legislative term is expected to commence in December.

More than half of the upper house members are from business community, while two former lawmakers — Salah Ali and Aziz Abel — joined the council.

The council’s members are appointed by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and are normally those who have have excelled in their respective fields.

Meanwhile, some oppositions memebrs have criticised the lower house and its members accusing them of toeing the government policies instead of guarding interests of the people.

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