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.
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