x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Qatar set for new prime minister

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

DOHA// Al Jazeera said that 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.

The Doha-based television channel said the current minister of state for interior affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser Al Thani, had been chosen to be the next prime minister, succeeding Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani.

Sheikh Hamad is also said to be stepping down as the foreign minister, with Khalid bin Mohammed Al Atiyah, the current minister of state for foreign affairs, to move into that role.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was named emir following the abdication of his father yesterday and is due to deliver his first address to Qatari citizens on this evening.