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Minister to face MPs over Bahrain crisis

Manama, March 15, 2011

MPs will quiz Bahrain's Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa over the response to the unrest in parliament today.

Parliament's 22 MPs attending weekly sessions will ask Shaikh Rashid about the ministry's response and lack of action over the current situation, said Independent bloc MP Mahmood Al Mahmood.

Al Mahmood said Bahrain was a country of laws, and citizens wanted the Interior Ministry to do its job by enforcing them.

'The people of Bahrain are really crying for the Interior Ministry and army to intervene, they can't wait any longer, one month is long enough, they say enough is enough,' Al Mahmood told our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News (GDN).

'I'm getting hundreds of phone calls every day from people wanting to know why aren't we doing anything? But we can't do anything because parliament doesn't execute the law.

'Some ministries are unable to function normally and the education and health sectors are badly hit.

'The people of Bahrain are really worried about the situation.

'We can't allow people and the economy to be destroyed.

'If someone gets hurt now who will they go to? The police force is not doing their job and some people are taking own measures to protect themselves, but it is only the army and the police who are the protectors of the people.

Al Mahmood said the Independent bloc would wait on the response of the minister before submitting any proposals.

He said the bloc had already sent an appeal to His Majesty King Hamad to enforce martial law for three months under Article 36 - paragraph B and Article 123 of the Bahrain constitution.

The bloc had also called upon His Majesty to impose a curfew and for the Bahrain Defence Force to intervene and protect national security and stability and safeguard the public and preserve properties.

The bloc urged a ban on all illegitimate acts which may instigate violence and terror, terrorise innocent people, encourage sectarian strife, endanger social peace and security, in addition to harming the economy and national interests.

'We think the Interior Ministry can't do the necessary things to protect the people, it seems to be going out of their hands,' said Al Mahmood.

'If we leave it like it is we feel the country will be completely destroyed.

'We ask His Majesty King Hamad to intervene immediately by imposing martial law and curfew at nights.'-TradeArabia News Service




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