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Proposal to pay unrest victims sparks debate

- BY HABIB TOUMI Bureau Chief

Parliament proceeding­s were disrupted on Tuesday after a deputy berated the Speaker over an issue that has split Bahraini society for years.

The heated exchange, the first since the inaugurati­on of the lower house in December, started after Speaker Khalifa Al Dhahrani tabled a motion asking the government to set up an ad hoc commission to consider compensati­ng people who lost businesses and property during the social and political unrest of the 1990s.

“The ad hoc committee will include representa­tives from the ministries of Interior, Finance, Commerce and Industry and from the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It will receive relevant documents and evidence from the victims of the unrest to assess the adequate compensati­on,” Al Dhahrani was quoted as saying.

‘Ignoring’ people

Mohammad Al Mezel, representi­ng Al Wefaq, blasted the proposal, saying that it ignored the people who were injured or killed during the 1990s.

“There are people who offered their lives for the sake of reforms, and you are now thinking only about replacing buildings,” Al Mezel told the Speaker, according to remarks published yesterday.

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