Bahrain’s prime minister, the uncle of King Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has passed away at the age of 84.
“Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has passed away,” King’s advisor Nabil Hamr wrote on Twitter.
According to Bahrain News Agency, the Prime Minister died in a hospital in the United States. A week of mourning has been declared in the kingdom.
Ben Salman Al Khalifa has served as prime minister since 1970 and was one of the most influential members of the royal family. However, in the Shiite community of the country, he was considered an enemy because of the decisions he made to curtail their rights.