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Constitutional Framework

Since the 18th century, the head of the Al Khalifa, the country's ruling family, has assumed the title of Amir. A constitution promulgated  in 2002 established Bahrain as a constitutional hereditary monarchy whose head of state is now titled king. Under the new constitution the executive is composed of a prime minister, who is head of the government, and a Council of Ministers, all of whom are appointed by the king. The legislative branch consists of two houses: a 40-member Consultative Council  that is also appointed by the king and a 40-member Chamber of Deputies  that is elected by universal adult suffrage.

Rulers of Bahrain

Rulers of Bahrain
Period of Ruling

Shaikh Muhammad bin Khalifa bin Muhammad

1762-1772

Shaikh Khalifa bin Muhammad Al Khalifa

1772-1782

Shaikh Ahmad bin Muhammad Al Khalifa (Al Fatih)

1782-1795

Shaikh Salman bin Ahmad Al Khalifa

1795-1821

Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Khalifa

1821-1843

Shaikh Muhammad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

1843-1868

Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

1868-1869

Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

1869 (September- December)

Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa

1869-1932

Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

1932-1942

Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

1942-1961

Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa

1961-1999

HRH King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

1999- Now


Page Last Updated: 12 Jul, 2018