from the Financial Times..
June 25, 2013
By David Gardner
The Emir of Qatar’s decision to abdicate voluntarily in favour of his 33-year-old son may well be a first in Arab dynastic politics. Although unlikely to presage a bicycling monarchy for the fabulously gas-rich Gulf emirate, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani’s infusion of new blood contrasts with the hardened arteries next door in Saudi Arabia – not to mention the republican dynasties that went down like skittles in the Arab spring.
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