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Yearbook 1999

Bahrain. According to Countryaah official website, Bahrain's Emir, Isa Ibn Salman Khalifa, died of a heart attack March 6 in connection with a meeting with US Secretary of Defense William Cohen in B's capital Manama. The Emir, who turned 65 and had been in power since 1961, was succeeded by his son, the commander-in-chief and the Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa al-Khalifa.

1999 Bahrain

The relationship between the new emir and the country's prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa ibn Ahmad al-Khalifa, was reported to be poor. The prime minister reformed his government in June, thereby strengthening his position.

The country's leading opposition Shia Muslim, the imprisoned Sheikh Abd al-Amir al-Jamri, was pardoned by the emir on July 8. He had been sentenced to ten years in prison for hostile activity the previous day after being detained for three years. The release came after international pressure.

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