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MPs under fire for postponing debate.

MPs have came under fire from parliament chairwoman Fouzia Zainal, after they postponed debate on pending legislation yesterday.

The decision to postpone scheduled bills was taken to focus on the national budget, which parliament approved.

However, Ms Zainal said there was no excuse for delaying discussion of other topics.

"The national budget is the most important bill that parliament debates and should receive focus, but I think other issues listed need to be passed as intended," she said.

"It is our job to do work and ensure that there is nothing pending."

One proposal postponed calls for monthly aid for low-income Bahraini families to cope with inflation, in an environment of VAT.

Another would exempt families of Bahrain's security personnel, who die in the line of duty, from paying electricity and water bills.

However, MPs did vote retrospectively in favour of a decree on foreign parties providing cloud computing services issued by His Majesty King Hamad in December.

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Date:May 8, 2019
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