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Al Khalifa: Royal Family of Bahrain

The House of Khalifa is the royal and ruling family of Bahrain. The Al Khalifas are strict adherents of Sunni Islam, in common with the other Gulf monarchies.

The current head of the family is Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, who became the Emir of Bahrain in 1999 and via the National Action Charter which obtained the support of an overwhelming majority 98.4 of the people, Bahrain was declared a Kingdom and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa the King of Bahrain in 2002.

Decisions in relation to the Khalifa family are legislated through the Ruling Family Council. The council deals with internal family disputes particularly those relating to the appropriation of land, acquisition and sale of real estate and other relevant property. Khalifa family members are not allowed to assign such matters to external court of law.

Relations between the political leadership and the rest of the “rank and file” members of the Al Khalifa ruling family have been formally managed by the council since 1932. However, on the eve of the 1973 parliamentary elections, then the Amir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa issued a decree restructuring the Ruling Family Council to become a formal organ of the state, and giving the administrative head of the council the rank of minister.

The Ruling Family Council is currently chaired by King Hamad, its Deputy Chairman is Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the Director General is Ibrahim bin Khalid bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
The King appoints the members of the board of the Ruling Family Council as recognised representatives of various kingship lines and factional alliances within the Al Khalifa family

Current Cabinet

HH Shaikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister
HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister
Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister
The Ministers and their portfolios include:
Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior
Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance
Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment