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Qatar to change PM under new Amir

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    Al Jazeera television said on Wednesday that a new prime minister will be appointed as part of the formation of a cabinet following the accession of a new Amir in Qatar.

    The satellite channel said current minister of state for interior affairs, Shaikh Abdullah bin Naser Al Thani, had been chosen to be the next prime minister, succeeding the powerful Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, who is also the foreign minister.

    Qataris in UAE hail Hamad’s move to hand power to son

    Qatari citizens here are proud of the peaceful and prudent hand over of the reins of power in the State of Qatar from His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to his son His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

    Khalid Al Dusari said this is a role model for changing power from one generation to another. “We hope that Qatar shall remain associated to its Islamic trends, Arabian traditions and Gulf coordination.”

    Abdullah Manaa said this is the flavour of the Gulf democracy in which rulers and citizens live peacefully for the good of their countries. “This is a special relation based on mutual care and respect.”

    Mohammed Al Mansouri said we are very happy of the Qatari Spring. “Though we are in summer, Qatar is setting a role model in peaceful transition of power where all parties involved are satisfied.”

    Badr bin Dalham said this is the real democracy. “The essence is not change for change; what is more important is the consent and approval for all concerned.”

    Saif Al Duwairi said Sultan Murad II handed power to his son over five centuries ago and that was a new historical chapter. “We wish the new change will lead to an enlightening future for us all.”

    Time for new generation to take responsibilities

    The text of outgoing the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s, abdication speech in which he handed over power to his son.

    My dear people, the sons of this nation, I speak to you today as we prepare to enter a new era in the history of our nation. I wanted to address you first because you are the owners of this land of the pure as well as its protectors, the builders of its renaissance and the makers of its future. This was the faith that filled my heart and lived in my soul as I grew up in the land of Qatar and started to hold responsibilities to serve this homeland and its people. God knows that I didn’t want power for itself nor did I seek it for personal motivations, but it’s the interest of the nation that required us to take us through a new era. The time has come to open a new page in the journey of our nation that would have a new generation carry the responsibilities (armed) with their innovative ideas and active energies.

    Our young people have proved in recent years that they are people of strength and resoluteness who comprehend the spirit of their time and fully understand its necessities while keeping up with what is new. Furthermore, they contribute with their ideas through the process of innovation. And fit for this occasion is what Ali bin Abi Taleb said: “Teach your children the best of what you have been taught for they have been created for a time different than yours.”

    You, our sons and daughters, are the treasure of this nation, the builders of its present and bearers of its future. Since the beginning, we have been positive about you and on you we have laid our hope. You have proved with your high ambitions and through the achievements that you have offered to the nation, that you are qualified for leadership and trustworthy. I hope I have succeeded in bearing responsibility in a way that first pleases God and in a way that lives up to people’s expectations. In areas where I have excelled, it is only because of God’s guidance and in areas where I have done wrong, it is my own doing, and I hope people who bear responsibility after me learn from that.

    I address you today to inform you that I will transfer power to Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. I am fully confident that he is qualified for the responsibility and is trustworthy and able to carry the message forward. I am full of faith that you will be the best support for him as you supported me ... I am confident too that Tamim will put the interest of the nation and its people as his priority and that the happiness of the Qatari people will be his main goal at all times.

    The future is ahead of you as you move into a new reign where a young leadership holds up the banner. (This leadership) puts the ambition of the coming generation as a priority and works relentlessly to make that happen with the help of God and the sons of this nation and armed with experience which they have gathered in governance, in running the affairs of this country and deep understanding of our area and the Arab world in particular. Although I am confident that you are qualified for bearing this responsibility, I advise you to be fearful of God, be of knowledge and work hard. Knowledge should be the light the guides your path and assist you in the creating the best future for this nation.

    It is knowledge that produces generations that are able to bear responsibility and it is knowledge that helps them take the right path. Hard and faithful work should be your habit in order to serve the nation. Steer away from complacency, lethargy and indolence, for the present and future generations are only built with effort and hard work of their people. (Nations) are only shielded against the ambitions of others and protected from dangers through sweat and sacrifice.

    Although I am confident about your loyalty to your Arabic and Islamic heritage, I advise you to preserve our cultural values that stem from our religion as well as our Arab and human heritage. We believe that the Arab world is a single body, its single states are in good condition if they the rest of the state are. I advise you to stick to righteousness despite all changing conditions ... (Religious verses).

    I speak to you today to thank the people of Qatar who were with me and supported me throughout this path. They were the best supporters in times of hardship and helped overcome challenges. My goal has always been for them to live in prosperity, stability and security.

    My heart will always beat with the love of this land and its nation, for it is the first thing I laid my eye upon and it is where my imagination was triggered.

    I also thank and appreciate all of those who worked closely with me. They were the best supporters in times of hardship and prosperity. I thank our armed forces and our army for the honourable role that they have carried out during my leadership. I won’t forget as long as I live the loyalty of the Qatari people, praying for God to preserve Qatar and maintain its security and stability and lay His grace upon its people.

    Groomed for power

    The new Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, since his appointment as Crown Prince a decade ago, has been moulded over the years to be the successor

    Shaikh Tamim giving a speech at the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York; with Britain’s Prince Charles and with regional leaders at the GCC summit in Manama. — AFP, Reuters, Wam

    The new Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who on Tuesday was handed power by his father at the age of just 33, has been groomed for years to take the helm of the super-rich Gulf state and key Western ally.

    Since his appointment as Crown Prince a decade ago, Shaikh Tamim has held top security and economic posts, as well as overseeing Qatar’s ambitious plans to use sports to raise its international profile.

    As National Olympic Committee chairman, the Prince, who is himself a keen player of both tennis and football, supervised Qatar’s successful bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the desert nation of just 250,000 citizens.

    The British-educated prince is also chairman of the board of Qatar Investment Authority, the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, which has invested billions of dollars in some of Britain’s best-known landmarks and businesses.

    The fund owns large stakes in Barclays Bank and supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, as well as famed London department store Harrods and the European Union’s tallest building, the Shard.

    The sports-mad Prince also oversaw the purchase of leading French football club Paris Saint-Germain, and the QIA has investments in other Western capitals.

    Shaikh Tamim was not the first choice to take over the top job from the Amir His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

    Shaikh Hamad’s fourth son, the Prince only became heir apparent in August 2003 on the abdication of his brother Jassem, one year his senior.

    Shaikh Tamim’s mother is the powerful Shaikha Moza, Shaikh Hamad’s glamorous second wife who has played a prominent public role as an advocate for social and educational causes.

    But the Prince was groomed for power from childhood, being educated at prestigious British private school Sherborne before following in his father’s footsteps to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, from which he graduated in 1998.

    Shaikh Tamim was already deputy commander of the armed forces as well as deputy Amir before Monday’s announcement that his father was set to tell the nation that he was passing the baton.

    A diplomatic source said that Shaikh Tamim has “a strong personality and was able to establish himself within the ruling family, although he wasn’t the first choice. “He has excellent relations with the West, particularly the United States and France,” the source said. -AFP

    By (Reuters)

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