Who is the Longest Serving Prime Minister in the World?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa is the Longest Serving Prime Minister in the World. On August 15 1970, more than a year before Bahrain became independent, he assumed office. He was Bahrain’s prime minister for 50 years, 306 days, starting on January 10, 1970, and ending on January 10, 2020, when he passed away. In office when he passed away on November 11, 2020.

Longest Serving Prime Minister in the World

Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa was one of the island nation’s wealthiest men. He drew much of his family power from doling out patronage among its members. Prince Khalifa controlled political, security, and economic affairs for decades. His networks, combined with traditional retail politics and political cunning were considered the key to his longevity as prime minister.

  • Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa, Hakim of Bahrain, and his wife Mouza bint Hamad Al Khalifa welcomed their second child, Prince Khalifa, on November 24, 1935.
  • He attended Bahrain’s Rifa’a Palace School and Manama High School, respectively.
  • In 1971, Prince Khalifa’s brother, Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, elevated him to the position of prime minister.

As a result, he was given responsibility for managing the government and economy, with his brother, the Emir, handling diplomatic and ceremonial matters. On August 6, 2017, Prince Khalifa was presented with a World Peace Culture Award.

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