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Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain

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Year of Version 2002 Dates Entry into force: February 14, 2002 Adopted: February 14, 2002 Type of Text Constitution/Basic Law Subject Matter Other Notes Bahrain is an independent Islamic Arab State. The Government adopted a second Constitution on February 14, 2002, which amended Bahrain's first Constitution of 1975 and changed the name of the country from “Emirate” to “The Kingdom of Bahrain”. The Constitution of February 14, 2002, 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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WIPO Lex No. BH020