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NEWS WRAP: Moroccan leader thanks Prime Minister

Bahrain News
Fri, 14 Sep 2018


His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday received a cable of thanks from his Moroccan counterpart, Saad Eddine Al Othmani, in reply to a cable of congratulations on his country’s Throne Day.

Sanctions threat

US special presidential envoy Brett McGurk told some Shi’ite leaders that Iraq would face a US blockade if a pro-Iranian government was formed to implement Iran’s policies and serve its interests, a leading member of Sairoon Coalition led by Muqtada Al Sadr told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej. According to the US, an Iraqi government co-operating with Iran represents a violation of the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran, which would compel the US administration to impose sanctions on some Iraqi activities, he said.

Strategic plan

The new strategic plan of the GCC Documents and Studies Centres Secretariat General will be named after the late Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalid Al Khalifa in recognition of his key role in preserving the region’s history. The decision was taken during the 32nd session of the GCC Documents and Studies Centres, which opened in Kuwait.

Candidates on rise

The number of candidates vying for the upcoming parliamentary elections has increased considerably, with 424,000 voters able to cast their ballots on November 24, representing an increase of 27,000 from 2014 elections, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

Candidates for the 40-seat parliament have five days, from October 17-21, to submit their applications.

Utility bills relief?

The Electricity and Water Affairs Ministry has taken necessary measures to gradually get rid of “estimated meter readings”, which have been contested by consumers. In a statement on the sidelines of a meeting that brought together more than 100 financial and banking experts, Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza said Electricity and Water Authority has succeeded in slashing the percentage of estimated readings to 10 per cent from the previous 30pc.

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