Bahrain mourns death of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa died just two weeks shy of his 85th birthday.
“The Royal Court mourns His Royal Highness… who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States of America,” the Bahrain News Agency said on Wednesday, without elaborating.
The burial ceremony will take place upon the repatriation of his body and the funeral will be limited to a specific number of relatives, it said.
In January 1970 he became the Gulf kingdom’s first prime minister and occupied this post his entire life, which makes his tenure as prime minister the longest in the world, spanning 50 years and 296 days.
Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers who led his island nation’s government for decades and survived the 2011 Arab Spring protests that demanded his removal over corruption allegations.