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Bahrain


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        State of Bahrain

        conventional short form:
        Bahrain

        local long form:
        Dawlat al Bahrayn

        local short form:
        Al Bahrayn

    • Digraph:
      BA

    • Type:
      traditional monarchy

    • Capital:
      Manama

    • Administrative divisions:
      12 districts (manatiq, singular - mintaqah); Al Hadd, Al Manamah, Al Mintaqah al Gharbiyah, Al Mintaqah al Wusta, Al Mintaqah ash Shamaliyah, Al Muharraq, Ar Rifa'wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah, Jidd Hafs, Madinat Hamad, Madinat 'Isa, Mintaqat Juzur Hawar, Sitrah

    • Independence:
      15 August 1971 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 16 December (1961)

    • Constitution:
      26 May 1973, effective 6 December 1973

    • Legal system:
      based on Islamic law and English common law

    • Suffrage:
      none

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Amir ISA bin Salman Al Khalifa (since 2 November 1961); Heir Apparent HAMAD bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa (son of the Amir, born 28 January 1950)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister KHALIFA bin Salman Al Khalifa (since 19 January 1970)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly was dissolved 26 August 1975 and legislative powers were assumed by the Cabinet; appointed Advisory Council established 16 December 1992

    • Judicial branch:
      High Civil Appeals Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      political parties prohibited; several small, clandestine leftist and Islamic fundamentalist groups are active

    • Member of:
      ABEDA, AFESD, AL, AMF, ESCWA, FAO, G-77, GATT, GCC, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDB, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Muhammad ABD AL-GHAFFAR al-Abdallah

        chancery:
        3502 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 342-0741, 342-0742

        consulate(s) general:
        New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador David M. RANSOM

        embassy:
        Building No. 979, Road 3119 (next to Ahli Sports Club), Zinj District, Manama

        mailing address:
        FPO AE 09834-5100; P.O. Box 26431, Manama (International Mail)

        telephone:
        [973] 273300; afterhours [973] 275-126

        FAX:
        [973] 272594

    • Flag:
      red with a white serrated band (eight white points) on the hoist side






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