DUBAI, Jan 28, (AP): Qatar’s ruling Amir accepted the resignation of the country’s prime minister on Tuesday and appointed in his place another member from the ruling Al Thani family who has deep experience in the royal court.
Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued a royal decree naming Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani as the new prime minister and interior minister. The Amir also accepted the resignation of Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani.
The report by the state-run Qatar News Agency did not elaborate further on why the outgoing prime minister had resigned. In posts on Twitter, outgoing Sheikh Abdullah expressed appreciation to the Amir for his confidence throughout his service, but did not give details on why he was stepping down.
The new prime minister, Sheikh Khaled, has long been an insider with close ties to the country’s Amir. He has been in charge of the Amir’s royal court, or diwan, since November 2014, according to the royal court’s website. He served in numerous posts within the royal court since 2006