The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 61, announced that it has decided to abdicate and cede power in the wealthy Gulf state to his son, Crown Prince Tamim.
The abdication of Sheikh Hamad came to power in 1995 by a palace revolution, is a first in Qatar and in the recent history of the Arab world, where no sovereign has never relinquished power voluntarily.
In a televised address to the nation, the Emir of the State plays an important diplomatic role on the Arab and international stated that “the time has come to open a new page” and “assign responsibilities to new generation. “
“I am writing to you today to announce that I give power to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and I am fully convinced that it will put the interest of the country and the prosperity of its people a priority,” announced Emir.
The new emir, aged 33, is the youngest ruler of a Gulf monarchy.
Appointed crown prince ten years ago, Sheikh Tamim, fourth son of the Emir, has gradually consolidated his authority in recent years by taking the management of sensitive matters of foreign and domestic policy.
Her mother is influential Sheikha Moza, the second wife of the sovereign.
The palace has already announced Monday in a statement that the Qataris were asked to “swear allegiance to his Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of such countries.”