Workshop on "Transparency" Regarding the Questionings of Ministers
The Bahraini Transparency Society organized a workshop on 15
January 2009 to discuss the questioning of Ministers in Parliament.
The workshop recommended developing specific articles in the Constitution
in order to grant greater power to the House of Representatives,
and that such questioning should not be used for sectarian purposes
or to the advantage of a particular group.
The workshop also emphasized the importance of continually developing
the Parliamentary experience through the opening of serious channels
for debate between the government and the opposition in order to
solve issues of disagreement.
The Society also urged to learn from the experiences of other
countries to improve regulatory performance, and to address deficiencies
in the internal regulations of the House of Representatives and
make the necessary adjustments,
Finally, the workshop recommended to note the balance between
the use of regulatory tools as a constitutional right, and the public
interest in order to preserve political and economic stability.
The Chairman of the Council of Representatives called for ‘a
more professional parliamentary questioning system in order to promote
public interests’. On the other hand, the President of the Bahraini
Transparency Society, Abdulnabi Al Ekri, commented that ‘parliamentary
questioning aroused considerable controversy among the parliamentarians,
societies and political elites in the country’ due to the different
affiliations of the targeted ministers, the issues they are questioned
about, method, mechanism, and result of questioning, and the degree
of cooperation of the executive authority with the outcomes of the
Dr Abdulla Al Nibari presented the Kuwaiti parliamentary experience
on the subject and called for the development, reinforcement and
revision of parliamentary experiences in the Gulf in order to discover
shortcomings and gaps. He emphasized that such experiences should
be a reflection of the popular will and should be effective and
partners in decision-making.
MP Dr Salah Ali has applauded the parliamentary experience in
Bahrain and has stressed the need to amend the Rules of Procedure
of the House of Representatives which is currently under review
in order to re-activate the questioning mechanism, previously conducted
by the Council.