New emir to usher in younger generation of politicians in Qatar

from the Financial Times..

June 25, 2013

By Simeon Kerr in Doha

Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrives at Al-Sadd Stadium for the final Crown Prince Cup soccer match between Qatari teams Al-Sadd and Lekhwaiya in Doha, in this May 4 2013 file picture

Qatar’s new emir is expected on Wednesday to announce a cabinet reshuffle, drawing on a new generation of leaders following the outgoing ruler’s call for youth to have a greater role in governance.

In his televised abdication speech, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who deposed his father in 1995 to modernise the Gulf state, emphasised the need for fresh blood as Qatar moves into a new phase of development.

“The future lies ahead of you, children of the homeland, as you usher in a new era where young leadership hoists the banner, bearing in mind the aspirations of future generations,” he said.

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In a signal that his more traditional views do not preclude the promotion of women in politics, speculation is also rife that he will appoint the country’s first female cabinet ministers, building on his father’s attempt to bolster women’s role in public life.

His mother, Sheikha Moza, has built a large power base in the country via her educational and scientific Qatar Foundation. His sister, Sheikha al-Mayassa, leads the country’s arts acquisition and museum direction as chair of the Qatar Museum Authority, which is planning new homes for the country’s large art collection to complement its Museum of Islamic Art.

Link to the entire article:  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/31077138-ddac-11e2-892b-00144feab7de.html#axzz2XXylgUmf

 

 

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