Bahrain to hold parliament vote in November

Bahrain’s King Hamad chairs a session of the Council of Ministers in Manama. (BNA)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Bahrain to hold parliament vote in November

MANAMA: Bahrain’s King Hamad has set a November 24 date for Bahrain’s parliamentary elections, after issuing a Royal Order No. 36 of 2018 concerning the date of election and nomination for membership of the Council of Representatives.
The first article of the decree states that: “Voters whose names are listed in the voter lists, in accordance with the provisions of Decree Law No. (14) for the year 2002 on the exercise of political rights, are invited to attend the polling stations for the election of members of the House of Representatives on Saturday, Nov. 24 2018 from 8 am to 8 pm, and in cases where reelection is required, the Saturday Saturday, 1 December 2018, will be held from 8 am to 8 pm. Elections will be held at Bahraini embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions abroad on Tuesday, Nov. 20 2018 and in the event of a re-election, it will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 2018.”
Article 2 states that “the nomination for membership of the House of Representatives shall open from Wednesday, Oct. 17 until Sunday, Oct. 21. Applications for candidacy in the various electoral districts shall be submitted to the relevant committees.”
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Monday, King Hamad stressed keenness to continue to develop the political and democratic life in the Kingdom, highlighting the importance of the next stage in the national march of action.
He said the forthcoming parliamentary election will write a new chapter of the march of democratic development and a new start in which the National Action Charter was laid down and launched by the reform project.
The king reiterated his firm determination to continue to preserve the democratic gains, expressing pride and honor in the role and contributions of the legislative authority.
The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al-Khalifa, affirmed that the upcoming elections for the fifth legislative term are the “impetus for further development and enhancing the democratic gains in light of the comprehensive development renaissance.”
Meanwhile, King Hamad issued Decree No. (44) of 2018 to set up a general committee for vote counting.


Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

Updated 18 February 2019
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Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

  • Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas
  • The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front

DUBAI: The Yemeni army killed 20 Houthi militants, including a field commander, in clashes in the southern Dhale governate on Sunday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas, killing several militants and injuring others east of Sanaa.

The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front, according to civilian reports on Yemeni Minister of Defense’s official website “September Net.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni tribesmen from Hajjah’s Qeshar district destroyed Houthi militia gathering areas in the Darb Al-Maru area.

Field sources revealed that the tribesmen belonged to the Bani Riban tribe, and that they continue to group with other tribes to destroy militia gathering spots across the region.