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Bahrain appoints crown prince as new prime minister

Nov 12, 2020

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa has been appointed prime minister following the death of the Gulf state’s long-serving premier Wednesday. 

The 51-year-old’s appointment, which the official Bahrain News Agency said will take effect immediately, makes Crown Prince Salman only the second prime minister in Bahraini history.

Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who died at the age of 84, had served as prime minister since Bahrain declared its independence from Britain in 1971. Pro-democracy protesters called for his ouster during the Gulf country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, but the majority-Shiite demonstrations were ultimately suppressed with the help of neighboring Saudi Arabia. 

His successor, Crown Prince Salman, is the oldest son of the king and serves as the deputy commander of Bahrain’s military. During Prince Khalifa’s illness and treatment at the Mayo Clinic, Prince Salman presided over sessions of the Council of Ministers. 

The new prime minister received his bachelor’s degree in political science from American University in Washington and his master’s from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  

Across Bahrain, government offices are closed and flags have been lowered to half-staff. According to a royal statement, a limited number of relatives will attend Prince Khalifa’s funeral due to coronavirus restrictions, and the burial will take place after his remains are flown back from the United States.  

In a statement Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was “greatly saddened” by Prince Khalifa’s death. 

“We honor his demonstrated commitment to peace and his steady promotion of dialogue,” Pompeo wrote.

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