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Bahrain Government
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Bahrain was a customary Arab monarchy, ruled since 1782 by an Emir selected from the al-Khalifa dynasty through an appointed cabinet led by a Prime Minister.

Constitutional changes introduced by the current Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, in February 2002, launched him as head of state of a constitutional monarchy.

The Emir rules with the support of an appointed cabinet of Ministers. He is also advised by the Majlis as-Shura (People’s Council), which was elected for the 1st time in October 2002. Its 40 members serve in single seat constituencies for a 4 year term.