Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani
Qatar to change PM under new emir
Doha, June 26, 2013
Qatar's prime minister, a driving force behind the country's rise to global prominence, would be replaced in a cabinet reshuffle following the accession of a new emir in the country, Al Jazeera television said on Wednesday.
The Qatar-based satellite channel said current minister of state for interior affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser Al-Thani, had been chosen to be the next prime minister, succeeding the powerful Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani, who is also the foreign minister.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was named emir following the abdication of his father on Tuesday in a rare transition.
Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas and key financier of Arab Spring uprisings.
Diplomats said earlier this month that Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim was expected to step down as part of the transition.
There was no reference to him during Tuesday's ceremonies and he was not seen in television coverage of the thousands who came to pledge allegiance to the new ruler. Sheikh Tamim is due to deliver his first address to Qatari citizens on Wednesday evening at 1500 GMT. - Reuters