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Al-Najjar: “Our performance was constricted by the separation of the Budget from the Action Plan. We would have wanted the Budget and Action Plan to be merged in order to guarantee the inclusion of agreed projects”

Member of Permanent Committee for Public Utilities and Environment

Deputy Head of Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People

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However, in open parliamentary sessions Al-Najjar is one of the less prominent voices. Between May and September 2015, almost nothing was heard from Al-Najjar in Parliament or in the media. However, he voted in favour of the State Budget during the 2 July 2015 parliamentary session and participated in an Al-Wasat round-table debate shortly afterwards.

ACTIVITY DURING 2015-2016 PARLIAMENT SEASON       

Housing, services & infrastructure

Housing: During a parliamentary debate on 13 Oct in which the Housing Minister was present, Al-Najjar condemned the Govt’s refusal to raise housing benefits to BD 200, “while money is squandered on unsuitable objectives”.

Transport: MPs Mohammed al-Ammadi, Isa Turki, Abdulhamid al-Najjar, Majid al-Majid and Ali al-Aradi have proposed widening the Wali al-Ahad and Hamala roads to ease congestion. Al-Wasat reported on 23 Oct that this proposal was to be discussed in the coming parliamentary session. On 27 Oct, MPs approved this proposal.

Standards of living, health & education

Public Utilities Committee: Al-Najjar on 28 Oct said that the Committee had discussed proposals for modifying the municipalities law; along with a number of other private proposals.

Good governance & public finance

Subsidies: During the 27 Oct open parliamentary debate on subsidy reform, Al-Najjar said that subsidy reform should have been implemented within the context of the new Budget. He questioned how the additional funds allotted to subsidies would be used and why the Government was rushing into these measures. “If we had known that things in Bahrain were this bad, we would have stared consuming water and dates and going about our business on foot to avoid using cars”.

Parliament role & constituent engagement

Parliament Dec 2014-July 2015: Al-Najjar during a round-table Al-Wasat interview on 11 July alongside other MPs commented: We rejected the public debt bill [for increasing the debt ceiling] at first because we didn’t understand the intricacies of the issues in front of us and we were dependent on the efforts of 30 new MPs with no experience for grappling with these issues. Even the Government was unsuccessful in proposing its projects in the Action Plan, because it was submitting this for the first time’.

“Our performance was constricted by the separation of the Budget from the Action Plan. We would have wanted the Budget and Action Plan to be merged in order to guarantee the inclusion of agreed projects along with the necessary funding in the Budget.” 

 

ACTIVITY DURING 2014-2015 PARLIAMENT SEASON  

Housing, services & infrastructure

Construction projects: On 13 February Al-Najjar questioned the Minister of Works about projects undertaken for Hamad Town. And again, during the 17 February parliamentary session Al-Najjar gave a detailed assessment of areas in the Hamad Town locality which are a “source of annoyance” to local citizens. He urged urgent action to address these issues. Al-Najjar praised the Prime Minister on 14 April for action to prepare detailed planning for upgrading projects in his Hamad Town locality, including two schools, a health centre a sports centre and a Mosque.

Housing benefit: Al-Najjar was one of five MPs who proposed increasing housing allowance from 100 to 200 BD, the proposal was debated and approved in Parliament on 17 March.

 

Standards of living, health & education

Education: Al-Najjar announced on 16 February that an agreement had been reached with the Ministry of Education for two new schools in Hamad Town as well as an industrial college.

During the 24 March open parliamentary debate on Bahraini teachers, Al-Najjar recognized that sometimes foreign teachers were needed to fill gaps, but this sometimes posed problems of “language and accent”.

Health & safety: On 15 Feb Al-Najjar questioned whether the Ministry of Health providing enough inspectors to monitor standards in cafes, shops and restaurants.

Al-Najjar during the 2 June parliamentary session accused some Ministry of Health inspectors of accepting bribes to avoid action being taken against restaurants or food producers. The Health Minister said that if he was given names, action would be taken.

Water reserves: On 30 March Al-Najjar tabled formal questions to the Energy Minister about water reserves. Al-Najjar during the 5 May parliamentary session questioned the Oil Minister about water reserves. He questioned the risks of just having reserves covering three days’ supply and questioned what would happen is a strike against Iranian nuclear reactors poisoned Gulf Sea waters, as well as asking about water usage by heavy industry.

Disabled: Al-Najjar on 21 April criticized high costs for low-income families for prosthetic limbs and other costs associated with disabilities. He was responding to comments from the Health Minister in answer to his previous question on the issue.

Economy & employment

Foreign workers: During the 3 March debate on the so-called “free visa” system”, Al-Najjar called for a monitoring committee to crack down on human trafficking.

Good governance & public finance

Minister interrogation: During the 5 May parliamentary session an insufficient number of MPs voted in support of interrogating the Health Minister over issues raised in the Audit report (23 supported, below the 2/3 quota of 27 MPs). Al-Kooheji voted in favour of the interrogation.

Debt ceiling: According to Al-Watan on 14 May Al-Najjar was one of the 20 MPs who said that they would give conditional support to raising the debt ceiling to 7bn BD.

Rights & freedoms

Palestine: Najjar on 3 March during a parliamentary delegation to the Palestinian Embassy affirmed Bahrain’s support for the Palestinian cause.

Youth, culture & sport

Sports: Al-Najjar on 13 January proposed a sports centre in his local constituency. During the 12 May parliamentary session around 15 proposals previously submitted by MPs were approved in a series of votes. These included setting up a sports and cultural centre in Hamad Town.

 

 

Effectiveness rating

  1. Standards of living, health & education – 6
  2. Housing & services 5
  3. Policing & regional security – 4
  4. Good governance & public finance – 3
  5. Economy & employment – 4
  6. Supporting constituents & youth – 6
  7. Rights & freedoms – 4
  8. Constructive Parliament role – 3
  9. Public visibility – 4
  10.  Progressive/reformist credentials – 3

 

 

Results of 2014 elections – 9th Northern

Areas covered: Hamad Town

Housing blocks: 1210, 1209, 1207, 1205

Registered voters: 12,315;   Percentage 1st round voter turnout: 40.5%

 

First round vote: 

 

Hassan al-Alawi – 1091 (23.5%); Abdulhamid al-Najjar – 1061 (22.9%); Yousif Zainal – 952 (20.5%); Abdullah Tarrar – 536 (11.6%); M. Baqer – 421 (9.1%); Ahmed Arad (NUG) – 258 (5.6%); Mahmoud Abdulrahman – 177; Ahmed al-Qahiri – 86; Ahmed Yousif – 52

 

Second round vote:

 

Abdulhamid Abdulhussain al-Najjar – 1977 (56.1%)

Hassan al-Alawi – 1546 (43.9%)

 

 

 

Profile of election campaign: Abdulhamid Abdulhussain Ahmed al-Najjar

Although Al-Najjar’s participation in previous parliamentary elections contests shows what a locally strong candidate he is, so he was always a favourite. Both second-round candidates were Sunnis with a clear religious agenda. Al-Najjar stated earlier in the contest that his priority was fighting “moral corruption”. The fact that Shia cleric Mohammed Baqer got nearly 10 percent of the first round vote shows the sectarian diversity of this constituency and the importance of traditional religious values. Al-Najjar said he had received offers from societies to participate on their lists, but declined.

 

 

Constituency demographic

Hamad Town is a demographically mixed area. The majority of voters in the 9th District can be expected to back a Sunni loyalist. However, the diversity of the candidates reflects the presence of Bahrani and Ajam Shia communities.  The varied turnout rates in different Hamad Town constituencies – between 40% and more than 70% – reflects this diversity.


 

 

 

Know your deputy: Profiles of other Bahrain MPs

 

Adel al-Asoumi – 1st Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-adel-al-asoumi-1st-capital

 

Ahmed Qaratah – 2nd Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ahmed-qaratah-2nd-capital

 

Adel Bin-Hamid Abdulhussain – 3rd Capital

 

Deputy-Head of Parliamentary Human Rights Committee

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-adel-bin-hamid-abdulhussain-3rd-capital

 

Abdulrahman Bumjaid – 4th Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abdulrahman-bumjaid-4th-capital

 

Nasser al-Qaseer – 5th Capital 

 

Deputy Head of the Permanent Committee for Financial and Economic Matters

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-nasser-al-qaseer-5th-capital

 

Ali al-Atish – 6th Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ali-al-atish-6th-capital

 

Osamah al-Khajah – 7th Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-osamah-al-khajah-7th-capital

 

Shaikh Majid al-Asfour – 8th Capital 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-shaikh-majid-al-asfour-8th-capital

 

Mohammed Jaffar Milad – 9th Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohammed-jaffar-milad-9th-capital

 

Nabil al-Balooshi – 10th Capital

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-nabil-al-balooshi-10th-capital

 

Ali Bufarsan – 1st Muharraq 

 

Head of Committee for Youth and Sports

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ali-bufarsan-1st-muharraq

 

Ibrahim al-Hammadi – 2nd Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ibrahim-al-hammadi-2nd-muharraq

 

Jamal Buhassan – 3rd Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-jamal-buhassan-3rd-muharraq

 

Isa al-Kooheji – 4th Muharraq

 

Head of the Permanent Committee for Financial and Economic Matters

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-isa-al-kooheji-4th-muharraq

 

Mohammed al-Jowder – 5th Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohammed-al-jowder-5th-muharraq

 

Abbas al-Madhi – 6th Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abbas-al-madhi-6th-muharraq

 

Ali al-Muqla – 7th Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ali-al-muqla-asalah-7th-muharraq

 

  

 

Abdulrahman Bu-Ali – 8th Muharraq

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abdulrahman-bu-ali-8th-muharraq

 

Fatimah al-Asfour – 1st Northern

 

Deputy Head of the Committee for Women and Children

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-fatimah-al-asfour-1st-northern

 

Jalal Kadhim al-Mahfoudh – 2nd Northern

 

Deputy Head of Committee for Youth and Sports

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-jalal-kadhim-al-mahfoudh-2nd-northern-1

 

Hamad al-Dossary – 3rd Northern 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-hamad-al-dossary-3rd-northern

 

Ghazi Al Rahmah – 4th Northern 

 

Deputy Head of Permanent Committee for Public Utilities and Environment 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ghazi-al-rahmah-4th-northern

 

Ali al-Aradi – 5th Northern

 

Deputy Head of Parliament

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ali-al-aradi-5th-northern

 

Rua al-Haiki – 6th Northern

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-rua-al-haiki-6th-northern

 

Shaikh Majid al-Majid – 7th Northern

 

Head of the Permanent Committee for Shari’ah and Legal Matters

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-shaikh-majid-al-majid-7th-northern

 

Dr. Isa Turki – 8th Northern 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-dr-isa-turki-8th-northern

 

Abdulhamid Abdulhussain al-Najjar – 9th Northern

 

Deputy Head of Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abdulhamid-abdulhussain-al-najjar-9th-northern

 

Mohammed al-Ammadi – 10th Northern

 

Head of Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohammed-al-ammadi-minbar-10th-northern

 

Jamal Dawoud – 11th Northern

 

Head of Permanent Committee for Public Utilities and Environment 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-jamal-dawoud-11th-northern

 

Jamila al-Sammak – 12th Northern

 

Head of the Committee for Women and Children

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-jamila-al-sammak-12th-northern

 

Khalid al-Shaer – 1st Southern

 

Head of Parliamentary Human Rights Committee

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-khalid-al-shaer-1st-southern

 

Mohammed al-Ahmed – 2nd Southern

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohammed-al-ahmed-2nd-southern

 

Abdulhalim Murad – 3rd Southern

 

Second Deputy Head of Parliament

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abdulhalim-murad-asalah-3rd-southern

 

Mohammed al-Maarifi – 4th Southern

 

Deputy Head of the Permanent Committee for Services

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohammed-al-maarifi-4th-southern

 

Khalifa al-Ghanim – 5th Southern

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-khalifa-al-ghanim-5th-southern

 

Anas Buhindi – 6th Southern

 

Deputy Head of the Permanent Committee for Shari’ah and Legal Matters

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-anas-buhindi-6th-southern

 

Abdullah Bin-Huwail – 7th Southern 

 

Head of the Permanent Committee for Foreign, Defence and National Security Affairs

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-abdullah-bin-huwail-7th-southern

 

Dhiyab al-Noaimi – 8th Southern 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-dhiyab-al-noaimi-8th-southern

 

Mohsin al-Bakri – 9th Southern 

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-mohsin-al-bakri-9th-southern

 

Ahmed al-Mulla – 10th Southern

 

Head of Parliament

 

http://www.citizensforbahrain.com/index.php/featured-articles/entry/know-your-deputy-ahmed-al-mulla-10th-southern

 

 

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