Bahrain sets up panel to pick high-level gov't execs

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Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa.

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa.

Bahrain has announced plans to set up a committee to regulate appointments to high positions in the public sector.

According to an edict issued by Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the nominations of ministry undersecretaries, assistant undersecretaries and directors will have to be endorsed by the committee before they are referred to the PM for final approval.

The committee is to be chaired by the vice president of the Civil Service Bureau, the authority overseeing the government sector, Bahrain News Agency said.

The committee will also include the Minister of State for Follow-up Affairs, the Premier’s Court Chief, First Deputy Premier’s Office director-general, Head of the Civil Service Bureau and Public Administration director-general as members.

BHA said the committee will be able to seek the assistance of experts and specialists for their opinions but they won't be be able to take part in the committee deliberations.

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