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Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain

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Year of current version:2002
Date of Text (Adopted):February 14, 2002
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
Bahrain is an independent Islamic Arab State. Its government adopted a second constitution on 14 February 2002 which amended Bahrain's first constitution of 1975 and changed the name of the country from “Emirate” to “The Kingdom of Bahrain”. The new constitution establishes a constitutional monarchy with a bicameral parliament. The king is the Head of the State and he exercises his power through his ministers. The National Assembly has the legislative powers.
The legal system of Bahrain is based on several sources, including customary tribal law (urf), Islamic law (sharia), and civil law as embodied in codes, ordinances, and regulations.
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Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Complete document (pdf) [891 KB] Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Complete document (htm) [194 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

WIPO Lex No.:BH020

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