Qatar’s peaceful handover of power points towards new foreign policy

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has succeeded his father as the Emir of Qatar (photo:dpa)
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has succeeded his father as the Emir of Qatar (photo:dpa)

The Emir of Qatar has stepped down in favour of the Crown Prince setting a precedent for succession in the Gulf States. His move sees the influential figure Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani - known in the West as HBJ - who was the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, right hand man and regional power broker also replaced. The changes will have repercussions for Qatar’s domestic reforms, its foreign policy and investments.

<i>Qatar provided a new 'first' in the Gulf: the 61- year old Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicated in favour of his son, Crown Prince Tamim. Gulf royal successions have typically been after the death of the sitting ruler. The successful transition of power gives th...

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