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Qatar names new PM after resignation of Sheikh Khalid

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani named by the emir as the country’s new prime minister.

Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has appointed Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani as the country’s new prime minister following the resignation of Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani.

Sheikh Khalid was appointed Prime Minister in January 2020 after serving as head of the Amiri Diwan, the Emir’s office.

He had worked in the gas industry and had been trained in the United States before working as a crown prince for Sheikh Tamim.

The emir’s office also announced the appointment of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as interior minister.

In October 2021, Qatar held its first legislative council election for two-thirds of the advisory Shura council.

The Shura Council has legislative power and approves general state policies and the budget, but has no say in defense, internal security, economic and investment policies for the small but wealthy gas producer, which bans political parties.