New ministers replace the Shi'ite ministers who have resigned or were boycotting the cabinet
Bahrain appointed new ministers
for housing and health on Wednesday to replace Shi'ite ministers
who are understood to have resigned or who were boycotting the
"Mr Basem Bin Yacoub Al Hamar is appointed as minister of
housing," Bahrain's state television said in a news alert on
"Dr Fatema Al Beloushi is the [new] minister of health in
addition to being minister of social development," another alert
The former health minister had resigned while the housing
minister was boycotting cabinet meetings, an opposition
newspaper reported on March 16.
Al Wasat did not give a reason on its website why Nezar Bin
Sadeq resigned but said he had witnessed people being mistreated
in a wing of the Salmaniya hospital.
Thirty people were wounded during a crackdown on protesters
last week and at least 20 people have been killed since
demonstrations against the ruling family began last month.
The paper said that former Housing Minister Majeed Bin
Mohsen Al Alawi, another Shi'ite, was "boycotting" the
Twelve judges from the Shi'ite court circuit had also
submitted their resignation in a statement sent to Al Wasat,
citing the "bloody events, use of excessive force and weapons".