|Name:||Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 2002.|
|Type of legislation:||Constitution|
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|Bibliography:||Constitutions of the Countries of the World: Bahrain, 2002-11, Gisbert H. Flanz (ed.), Oceana Publications, Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY, United States, 31 p.
Constitution (in English) University of Bern, Switzerland PDF (consulted on 2005-12-19)
Official English Translation UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees PDF (consulted on 2010-03-25)
|Abstract/Citation:||Replaces constitution of 1973. Comprises 6 chapters. Chapter 1 (s. 1-3) contains provisions regarding the State. Section 1 defines Kingdom of Bahrain as hereditary constitutional monarchy, but also states that sovereignty is "in the hands of the people, the source of all powers". Section 2 declares Islam the religion of the State and Islamic Shari'a "the principal source for legislation". Chapter 2 (s. 4-16) provides for basic constituents of society. Section 11 states that "all natural wealth and resources are State property". Chapter 3 (s. 17-31) regulates public rights and duties. Section 18 affirms that "people are equal in human dignity, and citizens are equal before the law in public rights and duties". Chapter 4 (s. 32-107) provides for public authorities. Chapter 5 (s. 108-119) deals with financial matters. Chapters 6 and 8 (s. 120-125) contain general and final provisions.|