Qatar’s Emir to transfer power to son

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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad,DOHA: The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is expected to meet members of the royal family Monday, with Qatari officials and diplomats saying a transfer of power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is imminent.

The sheikh “will meet Monday with the royal family and advisors,” the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel reported Sunday, stressing that the meeting would take place in the context of a possible succession.

Diplomats and Qatari officials agree that the emir is preparing to hand over control of the oil-rich emirate, which plays a key role in the Arab world.

The 61-year-old emir came to power in 1995 in a palace coup against his father . He has since helped build Qatar into a strong voice in the Gulf and on the world stage.

Sheikh Tamim, born in 1980, is the second son of the emir and his second wife Sheikha Mozah.

The crown prince is joint commander of the armed forces and head of the country’s Olympic committee.

“The emir is convinced that he should encourage the new generation. He plans to transfer power to the crown prince, Sheikh Tamim, and to carry out a ministerial reshuffle to bring a large number of young people into the cabinet,” a Qatari official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Powerful Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani could lose his job, or at least the foreign affairs portfolio which he also holds, sources said

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8 responses to “Qatar’s Emir to transfer power to son”

  1. dateam Avatar

    Democracy at its finest. Its actually old news this decision was made 3 weeks ago..Its been forced on him.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Hehehe .. Family Business just like Saudis. Young guy ‘up’ to possibly tweet with Twits.
      From the ” …. second wife Sheikha Mozah.” hehehehehe … I’m thinking, 4 allowed …. so …
      Sheikha Mostah; Sheikha Mozah; Sheikha Minor; and I would really hate to be one of the 20 sons of Sheikha Mud … and end up running the garbage business or pumping out septics. :-)))
      (mind you, he could probably still have a Ferrari with gold bumpers.)

    2. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      LOL that is so true… But hold on for a second… Isn’t the whole of the MidEast as such? Didn’t Hafez transfer power to Bashourra? 😉

      1. dateam Avatar

        Yes thats correct apart from say lebanon,iran,iraq now,egypt we hope,tunisia now,libya now…yemen…thats right they had elections after saleh went with only one candidate…who else? That my friend is the middle east….so one must ask is it ok for some but not ok for others? Or is it approved for some or not for others? But technically assad junior has had elections?

  2. dateam Avatar

    Democracy at its finest. Its actually old news this decision was made 3 weeks ago..Its been forced on him.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Hehehe .. Family Business just like Saudis. Young guy ‘up’ to possibly tweet with Twits.
      From the ” …. second wife Sheikha Mozah.” hehehehehe … I’m thinking, 4 allowed …. so …
      Sheikha Mostah; Sheikha Mozah; Sheikha Minor; and I would really hate to be one of the 20 sons of Sheikha Mud … and end up running the garbage business or pumping out septics. :-)))

    2. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      LOL that is so true… But hold on for a second… Isn’t the whole of the MidEast as such? Didn’t Hafez transfer power to Bashourra? 😉

      1. dateam Avatar

        Yes thats correct apart from say lebanon,iran,iraq now,egypt we hope,tunisia now,libya now…yemen…thats right they had elections after saleh went with only one candidate…who else? That my friend is the middle east….so one must ask is it ok for some but not ok for others? Or is it approved for some or not for others? But technically assad junior has had elections?

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