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In the picture, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa – State Department photo by Ron Przysucha, public domain

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain: Royal Order 44/2020 issued by His Majesty King Hamad II bin Isa Al Khalifa announced the appointment of the country’s heir presumptive to the throne, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa as the novel, and only second prime minister of Bahrain after the demise of the first office holder earlier today. 

Hitherto Prince Salman bin Hamad had been serving as the island’s First Deputy Prime Minister in addition to being the crown prince and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces. At the Prime Minister’s Court he was in charged with overseeing the ongoing development of executive agencies and government institutions in the kingdom. Since 2002, Prince Salman is chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB). 

Prince Salman bin Hamad  (b. 21 October 1969) holds a BA degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington D.C., in addition to a MPhil degree in History and Philosophy of science from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, UK. He is the eldest son of Bahrain’s monarch and the latter’s regal spouse, HRH Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Chair of the Supreme Council for Women. 

Crown Prince Salman is accustomed to chairing cabinet meetings, stepping in whenever his late uncle, the late Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was absent or indisposed. Internationally he is known for his business oriented style, his affability and English fluency. 

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