7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

MPs seek urgent session

TWENTY-SIX legislators have demanded an urgent National Assembly session next week to discuss the "dangerous" escalation in violence.

They say Bahrain's political turmoil has reached "unprecedented levels" and fear it could affect its future economic and social progress.

They submitted a letter to parliament chairman Dr Khalifa Al Dhahrani yesterday, who has submitted the requested to the the Royal Court.

Parliament is on break until October, but the law stipulates that a minimum of 21 MPs have the right to request holding extraordinary sessions during that period.

MPs want to meet on Sunday, although His Majesty King Hamad's approval is necessary for the session to go ahead.

It comes a week after a bombing that sent shock waves across the country.

Five Bahrainis have already been arrested and a nationwide manhunt was launched to track down other suspects involved in the blast, which happened in the parking area of Shaikh Isa bin Salman Mosque in Riffa on the evening of July 17.

The remote-controlled device, a combination of gas cylinders and homemade explosives, was placed inside a car and exploded as worshippers were performing special evening prayers. However, no one was injured.

"The political turmoil in Bahrain has reached unprecedented and unexpected levels that has to be addressed before they further escalate beyond repair," said Bahrain Bloc MP Ahmed Al Saati.

"Terrorist activities are being increased and there is no clear picture on how Bahrain would look in the future with continuous incitements of hatred and violence.

"We have requested an extraordinary session to get to the bottom of this saga, which is a challenge we will win as we try to restore peace and stability to the country.

The proposal was also backed by Shura Council foreign affairs, defence and national security committee chairman Dr Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

He said the National Assembly, which includes both parliament and the Shura Council, and is currently on a summer recess, needed to debate the reasons for terrorism in Bahrain, find potential solutions and to support legal decrees that could address violence and incitement.

The top official also said the Shura Council condemned the "dangerous escalation which aims to drag the country into the cycle of unrest and political tensions that serve foreign goals".

If approved, the proposal would be only the second extraordinary session during recess in parliament's 11-year history. The last time MPs convened during their break was nine years ago in the midst of Israel's aggressive attacks on Palestine. [email protected]

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