Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bahrain lawmaker burns Israeli flag in chambers

Member of Parliament Osama Al Tamimi
photo; supplied picture

"Last year he threatened to hit a lawmaker with the parliament booklet before he reportedly insulted a woman MPs during the session break. He was subsequently suspended for five sessions."

From Gulf News November 28 by Habib Toumy

Controversial Bahrain lawmaker survives punitive move

Manama: A lawmaker who last week torched the Israeli flag in parliament has narrowly survived possible punitive action by his peers.
A majority of 21 votes was required to take the punitive action against MP Osama Al Tamimi for smuggling in fuel and torching the flag without any warning, but only 15 lawmakers supported the call against him while 10 abstained from voting.
Six lawmakers opposed transferring his case to the legislation committee to look into the controversial case. Eight lawmakers were not present at the weekly session.
The vote outcome was criticised by Speaker Khalifa Al Dhahrani who charged that the parliament was on its way towards negative practices.

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