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Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain an Emir that became a King!

 Posted by , March 16, 2014 at 11:01:33 :: Bahrain

Streets of Manama, with the NBB tower or National Bank of BahrainThe King of Bahrain (Arabic: ملك البحرين‎)‎ is the monarch and head of state of Bahrain. Between 1783 and 1971, the Bahraini monarch held the title of Hakim, and, from 1971 until 2002, the title of Emir. On 14 February 2002, the then-Amir of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, declared Bahrain a Kingdom and proclaimed himself the first King.

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is the eldest son of the late Amir of Bahrain, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. H.M. the King was born in Riffa on January 28, 1950.

On the death of his father Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Hamad became Emir of Bahrain on 6 March 1999. As Emir, Hamad brought several political reforms to Bahrain. These included the release of all political prisoners, the dissolution of the State Security Court and the abolition of the 1974 Decree on State Security Measures. Additionally, many Bahraini citizens were permitted to return after several years in exile overseas. In 2002 he declared himself king.

The Arabic title of the King, as transliterated, is Malik al-Bahrayn (English: King of Bahrain). The King also holds the honorific title of sheikh.

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