Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Minister Sheikh Daij bin Khalifa Al Khalifa died Wednesday of heart failure in London, reported the Gulf Daily News.
Sheikh Daij, 63, had been suffering from heart problems for some time, his son-in-law and Bahrain's ambassador to the UK, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, told the paper.
He paid tribute to the minister, saying he had "served his country all his life," holding a variety of government positions over 40 years.
Sheikh Daij was born in Muharraq and after schooling in Bahrain, he went to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon, England, before returning to Bahrain to begin his career as assistant ports director in August 1961.
He was then promoted to ports director in 1965 and in the early 1970s he was assigned as undersecretary for customs and port affairs.
Sheikh Daij was promoted to head of customs and port affairs, with the rank of undersecretary, in February 1982.
He was then appointed Civil Service Bureau (CSB) head, at minister's rank, in October 1995.
Shaikh Daij was appointed electricity and water minister in June 1999.
He also held the post of Asry chairman for some years, until earlier this year – Albawaba.com
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