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Bahrain appoints two government ministers

New ministers replace the Shi'ite ministers who have resigned or were boycotting the cabinet

Bahrain appoints two government ministers
BAHRAIN DEMONSTRATIONS: 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 (Getty Images)

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

cabinet.

"Mr Basem Bin Yacoub Al Hamar is appointed as minister of

housing," Bahrain's state television said in a news alert on

Wednesday.

"Dr Fatema Al Beloushi is the [new] minister of health in

addition to being minister of social development," another alert

reported.

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

government.

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".