Gulf Air's board sacked en masse
[Bahrain's] Parliament yesterday voted to replace the entire Gulf Air board, which was only appointed last month, and tear up the contracts of two consultancy firms recruited by the airline.
The GDN reported on Monday that five MPs had submitted the proposal, arguing that neither the new board nor the consultants had sufficient commercial aviation experience.
Bahrain's national carrier lost its chief executive last week after Samer Majali's resignation - which he submitted earlier in the year - was accepted. A new board chaired by Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa comprises Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Transportation Minister Kamal Ahmed, Works Minister Essam Khalaf, Crown Prince's Court political and economic affairs adviser Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company chief executive Mahmood Al Kooheji, Essam Fakhro, Samer Al Jishi and Redha Faraj.
MP Abdulhameed Al Meer is spearheading the push to sack the consultants and the board.
"Gulf Air has suffered enough from boards lacking knowledge in the past and because of that, firms that are not specialised have been brought in to provide help - but instead of doing so, they have drained the company further," he said as parliament met yesterday.
"I can't blame Mr Majali for resigning. He was caught between the board and consultancy firms. He was there as d