Qatar emir says steps down, hands power to son
Doha, June 25, 2013
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said on Tuesday he was stepping down and handing power to his son Sheikh Tamim.
In a speech broadcast on Qatar state television, Sheikh Hamad said it was time for a new generaiton to take over.
He made no direct mention of Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, who had been widely expected to also step down. - Reuters