Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

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Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة
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Prime Minister of Bahrain
Assumed office
16 December 1971
Monarch Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Deputy Jawad Al-Arrayedh
Muhammad ibn Mubarak ibn Hamad Al Khalifah
Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1935-11-24) 24 November 1935 (age 84)
Spouse(s) Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa
Children 4
Mother Mouza bint Hamad Al Khalifa
Father Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa I

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (Arabic: خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة‎) (born 24 November 1935)[1] is the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 1969, taking office nearly two years before Bahrain's independence on 15 August 1971. He is the longest-serving current prime minister in the world. He still retains his post, although under the 2002 Constitution he has lost some of his powers, with the King having the authority to appoint and (along with the Bahraini parliament) dismiss ministers. He is the paternal uncle of the reigning King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and granduncle of the Crown Prince Salman, since he is the younger brother of the former Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Early life and education

Prince Khalifa was born in Bahrain, the second son of Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa, Hakim of Bahrain, and wife Mouza bint Hamad Al Khalifa.[2] He was educated at Manama High School and Rifa’a Palace School in Bahrain.


Prince Khalifa was a member of the education council from 1956 to 1958 and chair between 1958 and 1961. Next he became the director of the finance department (1961–1966), president of the electricity board (1961), chair of the Manama municipal council (1962–1967), head of the Bahrain monetary council (1964), chair of the joint committee for economic and financial studies, committee member for the register of commerce, then chairman of the administrative affairs council (1967–1969), became board member of the Bahrain monetary agency and then chairperson of the State Council (1972–1974), head of the State Council (1972) and head of the supreme defence council (1977).

Prince Khalifa was appointed as prime minister by his brother Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in 1971. Therefore, he was assigned the control of government and economy, while his brother, the Emir, involved in diplomatic and ceremonial affairs.[3]

Prince Khalifa received World Peace Culture Award on 06 August 2017.


In 2011, reporter Bill Law stated that Prince Khalifa is a hardliner, whereas Crown Prince Salman, his grandnephew who is also his Deputy Prime Minister, the grandson of his brother, the late Emir Isa is the reformer and the King, his nephew and Crown Prince Salman's father, is somewhere in the middle of them.[4]

Marriage and children

Prince Khalifa married his cousin Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa, the fourth daughter of Ali bin Hamad Al Khalifa[5] in Muharraq. They had three sons and one daughter:

  • Mohammad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (-1974).
  • Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Deputy Prime Minister. He married Zayn bint Khalid Al Khalifa with whom he has three sons and one daughter:
    • Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa
    • Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
    • Minwa bint Ali Al Khalifa
    • Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
  • Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
  • Lulwa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa – honorary president of the Al Noor beneficence society. She married Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (1952-), artist and patron of the arts. They have three sons and three daughters.[citation needed]

Other relatives

Shaikha Dheya bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa - niece of Prince Khalifa and President of Riyada Group of Companies. Famous for her business activities as a member of the Royal family and Head of Riyada Group in Russia. She has political and business contacts with Russian Ministries, business community, engineering companies. In 2014 during Rhodian Forum gave an opinion on the beginning of the Third World War and the necessity of the dialogue. Enlisted as one of the "Most Powerful Arab Women" in 2014 according to Forbes.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Khalifa bin Salman
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Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness

Titles and styles

  • 24 November 1935 – 20 February 1942: Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
  • 20 February 1942 – 21 October 2009: His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
  • 21 October 2009 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Prince Khalifa was raised to the personal title of Prince with the style of "His Royal Highness" on 21 October 2009.



  • Member 1st Class of the Order of Khalifa (19 October 1976)
  • Collar of the Order of Khalifa (19 December 1979)
  • Member Exceptional Class of the Order of Shaikh 'Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa (21 October 2009)
  • Member 1st Class of the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance (13 December 2009)


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "H.R.H. the Prime Minister". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ Wright, Steven (2008). "Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain" (PDF). CIRS. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ Law, Bill (16 March 2011). "Splits inside Bahrain's ruling al-Khalifah family". BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  5. ^ "bahrain9". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. ^ Royal Ark
  7. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  8. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2001" (PDF). [permanent dead link]

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