Middle East

  • Qatari emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61,  took the rare step for a Gulf Arab ruler of voluntarily ceding power to his son Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani to try to ensure a smooth succession.
  • The former defence minister and Crown Prince of Qatar Prince Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani makes a speech on state-run radio, that he has taken control of the oil-rich Gulf emirate by ousting his father, Sheik Khalifa Bin Hamid al-Thani, while he was out of the country, in Doha, Qatar, June 27, 1995.
  • President Barack Obama, right, stands with Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2013.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at Wajbah Palace in Doha, Qatar, June 23, 2013.
  • French President Jacques Chirac, right, smiles to Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani prior to their talks at the Elysee Palace December 11, 1996 in Paris.
  • In this March 26, 2013 file photo, Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, center, attends the opening session of the Arab League Summit in Doha.

Qatar's Emir Transfers Power to Son

Published June 25, 2013

Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is stepping down and handing power to his son, the country's 33-year-old crown prince.

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