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Now I Am Confused - ABSOLUTE or CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY?
"Brunei has a constitutional sultanate. It has a legal system based on English common law, although Islamic shariah law supersedes this in some cases."
Brunei has a constitution which states that the Sultan is the Head of State. However, the incumbent Sultan of Brunei now heads the government, therefore he is also the Prime Minister. Furthermore, the Sultan has the full authority of ruling the government. I am confused now, because Brunei is one of only few nations ruled by an absolute monarchy. Please explain this! --Muhammad Mukhriz (talk) 16:50, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
The source that I have placed on the statement (the CIA Factbook) states that Brunei has a constitutional monarchy as its type of government.--Hallows Aktiengesellschaft (talk) 13:37, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
The CIA Factbook uses "constitutional monarchy" whenever there's a constitution. That's a minority view. I think we shouldn't stick to the CIA Factbook in this question. СЛУЖБА (talk) 01:39, 19 October 2012 (UTC)
What about "Also used for official purposes"? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 11:39, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, as Obersttseu already said "there seems to be sufficient references to support that". Plus this site is more likely a self publish source. — иz нίpнόpʜᴇʟᴘ! 12:44, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
"Also used for official purposes" is also not very clear. Malay is used for official correspondence such as government letters. I believe "Recognized" is better as the references state in what way English is recognized but not in what official purpose is English used.
This section needs some fixing and improvement. SirAlexOreo (talk) 11:26, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Already done by Hallows AG, but not just that which need an improvement, if I have much time with a better internet connection I think I want to improve this article along with the Singapore article to be like the Malaysia one. :) — иz нίpнόpʜᴇʟᴘ! 11:27, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
I suggest to shorten the introduction by moving the following section to "History"
At the peak of Bruneian Empire, Sultan Bolkiah (reigned 1485–1528) is alleged to have had control over the northern regions of Borneo, including modern-day Sarawak and Sabah, as well as the Sulu archipelago off the northeast tip of Borneo, Seludong (modern-day Manila), and the islands off the northwest tip of Borneo. The maritime state was visited by Spain's Magellan Expedition in 1521 and fought against Spain in 1578's Castille War.
During the 19th century the Bruneian Empire began to decline. The Sultanate ceded Sarawak to James Brooke as a reward for his aid in putting down a rebellion and named him as rajah, and it ceded Sabah to the British North Borneo Chartered Company. In 1888 Brunei became a British protectorate and was assigned a British Resident as colonial manager in 1906. After the Japanese occupation during World War II, in 1959 a new constitution was written. In 1962 a small armed rebellionagainst the monarchy was ended with the help of the British.
It may be more relevant to add some recent developments in a sentence or two. Peteruetz (talk) 15:30, 2 June 2014 (UTC)