Sadly, he didn’t burn the place down.

Manama: A lawmaker who last week torched the Israeli flag in parliament has narrowly survived possible punitive action by his peers.

A majority of 21 votes was required to take the punitive action against MP Osama Al Tamimi for smuggling in fuel and torching the flag without any warning, but only 15 lawmakers supported the call against him while 10 abstained from voting.

Six lawmakers opposed transferring his case to the legislation committee to look into the controversial case. Eight lawmakers were not present at the weekly session.