Bahrain. In April, Nada Haffadh, the doctor and the House of Representatives, was appointed Minister of Health and thus became the country’s first female minister. Haffadh was also an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
|Gross domestic product (GDP)||$ 71,170,000,000|
|GDP growth rate||3.80%|
|GDP per capita||$ 49,000|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||–|
|Distribution of household income|
|Top 10%||k. A.|
|Lower 10%||k. A.|
|Industrial production growth rate||1.60%|
|Investment volume||33.6% of GDP|
|National debt||88.50% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||$ 2,166,000,000|
|Number of visitors||10,452,000|
Police in the capital Manama met May 21 with Shiite protesters protesting US treatment of prisoners in Iraq. Thirteen people were reported injured when police fired demonstrators with rubber bullets and tear gas. After the demonstration, the king said he sympathized with the protesters. The king blamed his interior minister for the rattles and dismissed him.
According to CountryAAH, the total population in Bahrain is 1,701,586 people in 2020. The Bahrain Human Rights Center was closed in September on orders from the authorities. Its leader, Abd al-Hadi al-Khawaja, was arrested on September 24 following a speech in which he blamed the country’s Sunni Muslim leadership for the financial problems that had particularly affected the Shi’ites. He was sentenced in November to one year in prison but was released after an intervention by the king.