Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa

Longest-serving PM of the world, Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman passes away at 84

Bahrain’s Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the world’s longest-serving prime minister who had seized the post since independence in 1971, died Wednesday at the age of 84.

The Royal Court mourns who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States of America, the Bahrain News Organisation said, adding that the country would enter a week of official mourning.

The funeral ritual will take place after the body has been transported home from the United States, and will be imperfect to a “particular number” of relatives in line with coronavirus restrictions.

During the mourning period, flags will hover at half-mast and government ministries and sectors closed for three days.

Prince Khalifa was a controversial symbol during his long time in office and intensely unpopular with the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shiite popular.

When Shiite-led activists occupied Manama’s Pearl Square for a month in 2011, before being driven out by Saudi-backed security forces, their main demand was for Khalifa to step down.

 

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