Bahrain MPs blast fuel price hike in heated session

T-Mag Tuesday 12/January/2016 21:46 PM
By: Times News Service
Bahrain MPs blast fuel price hike in heated session

Dubai: A session of the Bahraini parliament broke up amid shouting and protests on Tuesday when several lawmakers vented their anger against a rise in fuel prices.
The government, in a move announced on Monday, has set the new price for super fuel at 160 Bahraini fils ($0.424) per litre from 100 fils while the price for regular fuel has been raised to 125 fils per litre from 90 fils.
The new prices took effect on Tuesday.
"The decision will make the poor poorer. We demand an improvement to people's standard of living, and what the government did yesterday will not achieve that," MP Jamal Dawood said before the speaker adjourned the session.
Bahrain is looking to increase revenue amid falling global oil prices.
Like other Gulf states, it has for years subsidised food, fuel, electricity and water.
In a similarly rare outpouring of anger, around 20 protesters gathered at a petrol station in the village of Jidhafs, west of the capital Manama.
Information Minister Isa Abdulrahman said the government wished to allay lawmakers' concerns.
"The government is ready to cooperate by listening to all points of view and will comply with any constitutional decree issued by the legislature in how to deal with the financial situation," state media agency BNA quoted him as saying.
Since its oil income began to fall last year, Bahrain's budget deficit has widened and the subsidies have become much harder for the government to afford.
Fuel price subsidies have already been eased in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.