By Beatrice Thomas
Lawmaker reportedly torched an Israeli flag in parliament, threatened to hit a minister and insulted a female MP
A Bahraini MP who torched the Israeli flag in parliament and threatened to hit a minister among a string of misdemeanors should be expelled for “intolerable” behaviour, a parliamentary committee has recommended.
A vote to strip Osama Jaber Mohana of his seat will be taken Tuesday, with MPs being advised by parliament’s legislative and legal affairs committee to support the motion, Gulf Daily News reported.
Seven MPs on the eight-member committee have recommended he be removed for “intolerable” behaviour since he won his seat in a by-election in 2011.
Among his parliamentary misdemeanors, Mohana torched the Israeli flag in parliament in November 2012 and became the first MP to be suspended when he insulted Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ghanim Al Buainain and threatened to hit him with his parliamentary booklet the previous year.
He also insulted female MP Sawsan Taqawi during lunch on the same day and was initially suspended for 20 sessions, which was later reduced to five, Gulf Daily News added.
Mohana failed to show up to face the committee this week for the second week running, this time reportedly claiming he had a bad back.
He told the newspaper he was being singled out for standing up to other MPs.
"Citizens are collecting empty cans just for some coins, while corruption is ongoing and MPs are focused on me as a individual rather than dedicating their time to improving things," he was quoted as saying.