King Hamad appoints son as deputy army chief

08 January 2008
The king of Bahrain has reinforced his family’s control of the armed forces, appointing his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, as deputy commander-in-chief of the army.

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has also removed Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmad al-Khalifa as defence minister. No reason was given for the

A royal decree issued on 7 December declared that the Crown Prince will "oversee the implementation of public policy and the military, administrative, economic and financial affairs of the Bahrain Defence Force and the National Guard, in addition to other authorities entrusted to him by the supreme commander [King Hamad]".

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