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MPs and parliament staff to mark Bahrain Sports Day

Bahrain News
Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Mohammed Al A'Ali

MPs and parliament staff will compete in activities marking Bahrain Sports Day on Tuesday.

Half of the weekly parliamentary meeting has been set aside for competitions that celebrate the occasion, which falls on the same day.

Parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla has directed secretary general Abdulla Al Dossary to lighten the schedule this week to allow time for the events.

Bahrain Sports Day is being organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) for the second year and targets Bahrainis and expats of all ages.

It is taking place on the instruction of His Majesty the King’s representative for charity work and youth affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Government ministries and private sector organisations will also take part in an attempt to encourage staff to pursue sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.

However, during this week’s session MPs will also debate Bahrain’s implementation of rules set out by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Under the government-drafted law, based on Bahrain signing an agreement with OPCW on June, 6 of last year, representative members of the organisation require immunity and the ability to conduct their work without restrictions.

The Foreign Ministry told parliament’s foreign affairs, defence and national security committee in writing that representatives from the OPCW faced trouble during their visit to Bahrain in 2007 due to the absence of local governing legislation, which enables them to get special security clearance to visit sensitive facilities.

It follows Bahrain’s signing numerous conventions on the production, storage and use of chemical weapons over the years.

MPS are also set to debate and vote on five proposals that were postponed during last week’s session.

They include reducing the cost of private rooms at King Hamad University Hospital and 50 per cent discounts for the elderly at government medical facilities; a proposal that would oblige the Information Affairs Ministry to ensure all jobs at Bahrain News Agency, whether permanent, part-time or on a contract basis, are occupied by Bahrainis; a new centre to train, rehabilitate and employ disabled Bahrainis; a proposal that would allow Bahrainis to change their government housing service request once without losing their turn in the waiting list.

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