Profile: Bahrain’s King Hamad - An affable figure for troubled times

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Issue 1144 - 01 Apr 2022 | 5 minute read

Personally popular with fellow rulers for his relaxed style, but often criticized for flaws in Bahrain’s management and its troubled relations with its majority Shia population, King Hamad Bin Isa Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa has ruled Bahrain for 22 years, first as emir and, since 2002, as its self-declared king.

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