Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 

Emir of Qatar prepares transfer of power to 33-year-old son

Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani is reportedly preparing to transfer control of Qatar to his son, the 33-year-old crown prince, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad. 

The Daily Telegraph reports that a British source close to the Gulf state was told of the plans earlier this year, while key states, including the US and Iran, have also been briefed about the succession. 

Military observers point to the future leader’s close association with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood as a potential clue that the crown prince will not be as liberal as his father. 

The handover could impact looming policy changes, such as a new cybercrime law that would strengthen government oversight over news websites and online commentaries. 

If passed, the law would enable the government to punish websites or social media users for violating “the social principles or values,” or for publishing “news, photos, audio or visual recordings related to the sanctity of the private and familial life of persons.”

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