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.