Bahrain laws in doubt after MPs dodge Parliament

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A host of laws passed by Bahrain’s Parliament may now be illegal after it emerged MPs have been caught cheating parliament's attendance monitors by stuffing paper into a machine that keeps track of who is present, it was reported.

MPs have reportedly been inserting paper into a machine to fool it into thinking they were still present after leaving sesssions early, the Gulf Daily News reported.

However, when confronted about the scam by first vice-chairman Abdulla Al Dossary, who was standing in for absent chairman Dr Khalifa Al Dhahrani, MPs apparently laughed and claimed it had been going on for years.

Al Dossary was presented with evidence by National Assembly employees who complained that it was damaging the electronic system - and also resulted in illegal voting, because no vote should go ahead unless Parliament has the required quorum.

“No-one is being forced to sit in Parliament and the door is open for anyone who wants to leave or doesn't want to show up,” Al Dossary was quoted as saying.

“This is awful and can't be described any other way. It has to stop or else action will be taken against those doing it.”

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