According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code for Bahrain is 973. It is located in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), and is one of the countries in the NANP system that makes international calls to and from other countries. The 973 code is used to make calls within Bahrain, as well as making international calls to and from other countries in the NANP system. The country has a number of landline operators such as Batelco, Zain, Viva, Virgin Mobile, and STC, all of which offer competitive rates for local, regional, and international calls. In addition to landlines, there are several mobile networks in Bahrain such as Batelco (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Zain (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Viva (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Virgin Mobile (GSM) and STC (GSM). Customers can purchase prepaid sim cards from any of these providers in order to make calls to local numbers or international numbers within the NANP system. All of these networks offer competitive rates for both local and international calls. For those who need to make international calls from Bahrain outside of the NANP system, there are several third-party service providers that offer competitive rates on making such calls. These include International Call Cards (ICC), which allow customers to purchase calling minutes at a discounted rate; World Phone Card International Calling Services; VoIP services such as Skype; prepaid calling cards; or through VoIP apps like Viber or Whatsapp. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy, with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as the head of state. The government is headed by the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who has been in office since 1970. The legislative branch is made up of two chambers: the Council of Representatives and the Shura Council. The Council of Representatives consists of forty elected members and is responsible for making laws and representing public opinion. The Shura Council consists of thirty appointed members and its primary role is to advise on matters related to legislation. Bahrain has a multi-party system with many political parties represented in both chambers. In addition to political parties, there are several independent political organizations that are active in Bahrain. PARADISDACHAT: Features public policy of Bahrain.