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Bahrain eyes shakeup at state oil company after strike during Shi'ite uprising

ABU DHABI — Bahrain is mulling a purge in its energy company that has been struck by Shi'ite unrest.


Parliamentarians have called for a shakeup of management at the state-owned Bahrain Petroleum Co. as well as the resignation of the kingdom's energy minister.

Energy Minister Abdul Hussein Mirza was accused of failing to stop the strike at the company during the Shi'ite revolt in Bahrain in March. So far, 200 employees have been fired.

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"This is a blatant violation of the constitution since the naming and dismissal of ministers is within the prerogatives of his majesty the king," Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Aziz Al Fadil said. "The appointment of Bapco board members is also by royal decree."

The parliamentarians said Bahrain's prosecutors were asked to investigate Mirza and other Bapco executives. They said management was said to have facilitated the union strike as part of Iranian-backed Shi'ite efforts to topple the Sunni regime in Manama.

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