Qatar emir to cede crown to son within month: UK press

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jun 2013

Oil-rich Gulf state's crown prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad is poised to succeed 61-year-old father Khalifa Al Thani, UK's Daily Telegraph reports; Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem set to relinquish premiership

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the 33-year-old crown prince is to take over the leadership of the gas-rich Gulf state (Photo: Reuters)

Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, 33, is poised to succeed his 61-year-old father, the current emir Khalifa Al Thani.

The UK's Daily Telegraph has reported that key foreign states have been briefed about Qatar's succession plans, which will see power transferred from the hands of the current Qatari emir to his son.

The US and Iran have both known about the oil-rich state's succession plans for at least one year, the Telegraph reported.

The power transition is expected within one month, pending a decision by Qatar's royal court.

The move will also reportedly see Qatar's high-profile prime minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem, leave his post.

According to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website, Bin Jasem will stay on with the Qatar Investment Authority, while also continuing his involvement with UK retail giant Harrods.

Emir Al Thani has reportedly been suffering health problems recently. He has been in power since 1995 when he took over from his father in a bloodless coup. 

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