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Old 06-14-2013, 06:30 AM
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Abdication of the Emir, HH Sheikh Hamad: 24 June 2013

Emir of Qatar to cede powers to 33-year-old son
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Qatar emir to cede crown to son within month: UK press
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:53 AM
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Till now no official confirmation from the Amiri court .. Just press reports.
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the news are more and more intense about eventual abdication and even no there is no deny from Sheikh Hamad Qtari Palace or even Aljazera and i guess that maybe is saying something.
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Till now no official confirmation from the Amiri court .. Just press reports.
The official confirmation is to be announced later this month. Diplomats have been speaking to the press about this and thats where the news came from. Moreover, all media that first posted the news was from trusted and known news agencies that haven't spread gossip in the past.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:17 AM
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The official confirmation is to be announced later this month. Diplomats have been speaking to the press about this and thats where the news came from. Moreover, all media that first posted the news was from trusted and known news agencies that haven't spread gossip in the past.
That´s very interesting, I would have expected that the news is released by the Al Thani family officially and not spread through international press.
If there are so many people confirming the story, I would guess that it is true!
How do the people in Qatar think/feel about the transition of power? The Emir seems to be very popular in his country from what I have seen, but of course Sheikh Tamim is also respected and appreciated, I believe he has a similar vision for Qatar like his father.
Hopefully he will be able to invite more freedom of speech and chances for normal Qatar citizens to have a chance to participate in important political decision-making processes.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:28 AM
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Is Tamim the guy people were saying was going to get engaged to one of the Jordanian princesses but didnt?
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:34 AM
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Is Tamim the guy people were saying was going to get engaged to one of the Jordanian princesses but didnt?
Haha, yes this is the guy
It was purely speculative, he did not get married to the Princess,she married someone else!
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:51 PM
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This is not an abdication, it's a putsch camouflaged abdication. Like the actual Emir did with his father in vacations then in Switzeland, and took power over Qatar with help of his wife Sheikha Mozah and her father Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned (died in 2007), who was an opponent of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdallah Al Thani, father of the current Emir.The family lived in exile in Egypt and Kuwait.
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Here is a list of Qatar´s emirs from the past and the current head of state List of emirs of Qatar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , interesting to notice:
Two emirs abdicated and the last two were disposed by close family members. Hamad bin Khalifa disposed his father Khalifa who still lives in exile,while Khalifa took over from his uncle´s son.
I personally believe that if Sheikh Tamim takes over now, the Emir (his father) abdicated for reasons of health, we do not need an expert to notice that Hamad bin Khalifa has weight issues and may have developed other health problems due to his obesity.
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The abdication/retirement is in vogue this year. Having said that, I would say that it is a shrewd move on Emir's part to abdicate and help his son to govern the country behind the scenes.
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Finally it is on Al- Jazeera ....According to Aljazeera net (website) the Amir will meet his family on Monday ( June 24th) to discuss abdiccation.
www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/00882880-cacd-4afe-8222-1c96bc4c6ea0
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The 18th anniversary of Emir Hamad's accession occurs on June 27th. Perhaps he will follow Queen Beatrix and abdicate for Crown Prince Tamim on that day?
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Maybe today itself .. Let us wait for the ruling family meeting news.
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The 18th anniversary of Emir Hamad's accession occurs on June 27th. Perhaps he will follow Queen Beatrix and abdicate for Crown Prince Tamim on that day?
Possibly it could be as new reports mentioned end of the month he will announce it.
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@BBCKimGhattas: breaking story: #Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani has handed over power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middle...323118503.html

@AJELive: Emir of #Qatar to transfer power to his son after 18 years in power http://t.co/OnzXZIU1nL
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Breaking news:
Aljazeera#: The Amir informed his family officially that he is to abdicate & transfer his powers to his son CP Tamim.
Reuters#: The Amir will abdicate tonight.
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@zaidbenjamin: #BREAKING: Amir of #Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to speak to his people at 8 am local time 1 am EDT
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@AJEnglish: Qatari emir to transfer power to his son Qatari emir to transfer power to his son - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
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@zaidbenjamin: #BREAKING: Amir of #Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to speak to his people at 8 am local time 1 am EDT
Qatar's local time = KSA local time (Mecca) = GMT+3 hours.
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The Emir abdicates tomorrow morning
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