Qatar's top diplomat is sworn in as new prime minister

AP , Tuesday 7 Mar 2023

Qatar's top diplomat was sworn in as the country's prime minister on Tuesday, replacing another member of the royal family who had held the post since 2020, state news reported.

Qatar PM
File photo: Then Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani listens to a question during a joint press briefing with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian, in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 29, 2023. AP


The Qatar News Agency says Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was sworn in as the new head of government, without providing further details.

Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, appoints the holders of top offices, usually from members of the royal family. As in other Gulf Arab countries, politics is largely confined to the royal family and developments are rarely aired in public.

Sheikh Mohammed has served as foreign minister since 2016 and was the public face of Qatar as it navigated a 3 1/2-year economic boycott by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt that only came to an end in January 2021.

He replaces Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, who had served as prime minister and interior minister — responsible for domestic security — since 2020. He was replaced as interior minister on Tuesday by Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Short link: