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There is no conflict between favouring Islamic and traditional values and being more open and international.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.
In a 2012 article, Professor William Case of the City University of Hong Kong notes that ‘one of the reasons that Brunei Darussalam stands out in Southeast Asian politics is its status as an absolute sultanate: it stakes out the authoritarian end of the region’s wide spectrum of regime types’. Possibly aware of its awkward profile, Brunei has made tentative efforts to introduce some form of electoral representation, albeit at a low level. In 2011 the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that an election would take place for the Legislative Council.
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Official name: Negara Brunei Darussalam (The Sultanate of Brunei)
Head of State: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (crowned Aug 1967)
Head of government: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
Ruling party: There is no ruling party.
Area: 5,765 square km
Population: 413,000 (2014)*
Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
Official language: Behasa Melayu
Currency: Brunei dollar (B$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: B$1.41 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$36,607 (2014)*
GDP real growth: -0.70% (2014)*
GDP: US$15.10 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 2.70% (2014)*
Inflation: -0.24% (2014)*
Oil production: 126,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 11.90 billion cum (2014)
* estimated figure