Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Food and Sects

In Al Safir today, a long dossier on the inability of the government to agree on the new Food Safety law. (See also this article and this one).

The country does not have a food safety law, and I have repeatedly posted items on this blog to that effect. But what is preventing the FSL? As usual, conflicts about authority, between the Office of the Prime Minister, who wants to create a board that has advisory as well as implementative powers under its direct authority. This is clashing with the authority of the ministries of Industry, Health and Agriculture. The sectarian politics are at play here to: this will concentrate more power in the Prime Minister's office. This is not helped by the fact that the 3 ministries above are currently in the hand of the opposition...

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