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Bahrain postpones meat subsidies axe

Controversial plans to scrap meat subsidies from August 1 have been pushed back by one month

Bahrain postpones meat subsidies axe
Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (Getty Images)

Controversial plans to scrap meat subsidies from August 1 have been pushed back by one month following an order by Bahrain’s prime minister.

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa intervened to prevent the policy from being implemented as planned, calling for more time to scrutinise the plans, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.

Under the proposals, eligible Bahrainis would be compensated with payments made to their bank accounts.

But the plans sparked uproar in Bahrain’s parliament, with MPs claiming it is unclear who would qualify for payments.

A statement issued by MPs in May said: “We reject the government’s unilateral decision to axe meat subsidies last week and other cuts that will follow…”

“We want a comprehensive and precise study that addresses the negatives and positives from all aspects and angles, whether living standards or the financial impact, which the Cabinet has never presented to us.

Bahrain had proposed ramping up fees for subsidised government services from August 1 and scrapping power, water subsidies and oil and gas subsidies at an unspecified later date.