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A tiny peninsula in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain has been in the international news over the past few years because of violent pro-democracy protests. The country is ruled by Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, who became “king” in 2002 after changing his title from “emir.” In practice, he has ruled since 1999. His uncle, Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has been the only prime minister in Bahrain since 1970 (he is currently the longest-serving prime minister in the world). The bicameral legislature has one house whose members are directly elected by the people and one house whose members are all appointed by the king.