Parliament in Bahrain: Scene for Exchanging Insults
2016-11-18 - 11:34 p
Bahrain Mirror: (Exclusive): The break out of cockfights that the Bahraini Parliament witnesses from time to time does not only reveal the true characters of its members but also shows how this government institution, which the Bahraini King praises as one of the state's "institutions of legitimacy," is merely a scene for foolish exchanges.
The Parliament is shaped as King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa desires, which is a medium for passing decrees and bills only that target the opposition. As for its remaining task, it is reserved for "theft", as its members seek any opportunity for travels and privileges.
However, when the House of Representatives decided to discuss a serious issue, it "banned the teaching of music." The Parliament commenced its opening session, following a six-month-long recess, with discussing a bill to impose a ban on teaching music. According to them, music "incurs the wrath of Allah," and "such sins take away some of the blessings that this country enjoys."
Based on the King's perspective, the loss of these blessings is not caused by the corruption of his ruling family, and their theft of state money and thousands of kilometers of coastal public properties, but rather by music lessons given to children! King Hamad's Parliament does not strive to solve issues like poverty and unemployment or improve the human rights situation in the country, as its members are busy fighting over privileges.
A week after the "ban on music", a heated debate erupted between the Parliament speaker and the heads of permanent committees, yet this time it did not involve music lessons. They were fighting over who will get "travel trips at the expense of the government."
Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee Abdullah bin Huwail was outraged at the Parliament Speaker Ahmad Al-Mullah because "he ignored him when distributing the trips".
Sources say that bin Huwail accused Al-Mullah of cornering the travels for himself and his "posse". The Speaker in response said to Huwail: "You do not deserve it. Your absence from the parliament sessions has reached 70%." Bin Huwail; however, denied it, calling Al-Mullah a liar. The argument escalated as they both continued to exchange insults.
They; however, did not stop there. The Parliament Speaker leaked the whole argument not to expose bin Huwail but to show "how he ridiculed him."
Prior to the leak, bin Huwail claimed his innocence and denied that he disrespected the Parliament speaker. "Insulting the Parliament Speaker contradicts with my morals," he said.
He resorted to denial because what bin Huwail and the Parliament speaker care about the most is maintaining a "good" image and keeping their "ugly side hidden from their supporters who believed that their votes actually make a difference.
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