Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa nation’s longest-serving prime minister passed away, his decades long rule was severely tested in 2011 protests and allegations of corruptions.
The royal palace announced his death in a tweet, that prince Khalifa bin Salman died early Wednesday at the age of 84.
“The Royal Court mourns His Royal Highness … who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States,” Bahrain’s state news agency said.
Upon repatriation of his body a burial ceremony is expected to be held in the country.
A week of national mourning and flags to be flown at half-mast was ordered by the nation’s king.
He was known to be one of the world’s longest-serving heads of government.
Since Bahrain gained independence from Britain in 1971, he was into power as the prime minister for almost 50 years.
Born into Al Khalifa dynasty, that ruled Bahrain for two centuries, his father Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa ruled Bahrain from 1942 to 1961 until Prince Khalifa’s brother took the power in 1971.
The prince ran the government and economy under a formal agreement, while his brother handled the Bahrain’s diplomacy and ceremonial duties.
In 2011, thousands of demonstrators besieged the prime minister’s office, demanding his fall due to long time accusations of corruptions.
UAE and Saudi Arabia reportedly supported the government forces in to crushing the protests.