Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa named Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa as the new prime minister, state news agency BNA reported on Wednesday, citing a royal decree.
The decree takes effect immediately, BNA reported.
Bahrain's late Prime Minister Sheikh bin Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa died earlier on Wednesday at Mayo Clinic in the US.
"The burial ceremony will take place after the repatriation of the body, and the funeral will be limited to a number of relatives," BNA reported.
Prince Khalifa, the world's longest serving prime minister, died at the age of 84. He was born on November 24, 1935. The late prime minister assumed his post in 1970, just a year before Bahrain’s independence in 1971.
He had previously been the head of Bahrain’s State Council and the head of the Supreme Defense Council.