Head of Kingdom

Prime King Crown
  His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain

  His Majesty The King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

The King of Bahrain

  His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

The Crown Prince and Commander-in-Chief of The Bahrain Defence Force

His Majesty The King, Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, came to power on the 6th of March 1999, following the path of the late Amir, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. His Majesty the King Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa has continued in steering the country towards prosperity.

The Kingdom is widely respected by the international community for its progressive policies and programs, thanks to the judicious leadership of His Majesty the King and his wise government, led by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, and the continuous support of His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force.

Parliamentary Elections
In late 1999 the Amir announced that local municipal elections would be held and that women would be allowed to vote and stand as candidates, but no date for these elections was ever set. In May 2000 he announced that the Shura Council would become an elected body in 2004. In September 2000 he appointed a new Shura Council, keeping some former members but also including as new members several women and representatives of non-Muslim communities. In late November 2000 he appointed a forty-six-member Supreme National Committee, headed by Minister of Justice Shaikh Abdallah bin Khalid Al Khalifa, a member of the royal family, to draft a national charter that would then be submitted to "a general congress" of two thousand citizens representing "all social sectors," also to be appointed by the government.

In February 2002, following a constitutional amendment highly supported by Bahraini nationals, the State of Bahrain became a democratic constitutional monarchy and changed its name to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Head of State, His Majesty Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, also assumed the title of King of Bahrain.

Bahrain has taken large steps forward in democracy, exemplified in its first Parliamentary Elections on October 25, 2002, which recorded an enthusiastic voting rate of 53.2%. The Parliamentary Elections was a historic day for the country, while it showed to the international community an ever-higher level of fairness and transparency in the Bahrain Government. His Majesty the King was hailed by many world leaders for the success of the Elections, which dawned a new era of democracy and prosperity with the political rights of citizens, including female citizens, given high respect. Such democratic progress paves the way for Bahrain's further economic growth, and for the Kingdom to rank alongside the most developed states in the world.

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