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Qatar was inherited. The new monarch will be even more actively overthrow Bashar Assad

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Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, left the throne after the 18-year reign, transferring power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Rare for the monarchies of the Persian Gulf, a number of analysts regarded the voluntary abdication of the throne as an attempt to avoid the "Arab spring", bringing the young reformer to power. However, experts polled by Kommersant are sure that the revolution does not threaten the emirate, which is rich in oil and gas resources. According to them, the coming to power of Sheikh Tamim is associated with the poor health of his father. The new emir is expected to have a more active foreign policy to assert Qatar’s regional leadership and toughen the policy of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Assad.


His unprecedented decision to voluntarily leave the throne, 61, the summer emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, made public in yesterday’s televised address to the nation. In his seven-minute speech, the outgoing monarch urged his subjects to "prepare for entry into a new era," demanding that a new generation come to power, taking responsibility, armed with new energy and innovative ideas.

Reporting the decision to transfer power to his son, 33-year-old Tamim bin Hamad al-Tani, the monarch expressed confidence that the heir to the throne "has all the qualities to lead the country" and will be able to continue the policy of his father, making the interests of the nation his priority.

The tiny state of the Persian Gulf, in which only about 2 million people live, today's Qatar, with its vast reserves of hydrocarbons and gold reserves exceeding $ 100 billion, remains an influential player in regional and global politics. At the same time, Qatar owes its current weight and influence in the world to the monarch who left the throne, who was in power for 18 years.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani came to power in 1995, as a result of a bloodless palace coup, overthrowing his father, who at that time was in Switzerland. To create the Qatari "economic miracle" the new emir had to start from scratch - the treasury was then empty. However, his bet on the development of gas fields (the third largest in the world) has justified itself. In 2010, the production of liquefied gas in Qatar reached 77 million tons, while the country ranked first in the world in per capita income - $ 86 440 per year. However, far from all the inhabitants of Qatar, but only the citizens of the emirate (about 250 thousand people) enjoy the full benefits of the economic miracle.

Despite the fact that until recently, in quiet, prosperous Qatar, there were no signs of public discontent or protest activity, a number of analysts and the media found an unexpected denial of the monarch to try to play a step ahead - to prevent the revolutionary scenario in the Emirate ". According to the head of the committee of the Federation Council on international affairs, Mikhail Margelov, transferring power to his son, Sheikh Hamad "went to preventive measures in order to warn the Arab Spring that knows no boundaries".

"There are precedents for such foresight. The kings of Morocco Mohammed VI and Jordan Abdullah II, following the traditions of enlightened monarchies, quickly began reforms without waiting for the first protest demonstrations to turn into revolution in the scenarios of Egypt, Tunisia or Libya," Mr. Marghelov said.

However, the experts interviewed by Kommersant adhere to a different version of the motives for the sudden abandonment of the throne Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. “Sheikh Hamad was forced to leave the throne by a serious illness. The lifetime transfer of power was the only way for him to ensure that his son remained on the throne. If the transfer of power did not happen now, Sheikh Tamim would have to fight for power with other influential claimants,” Kommersant explained "President of the Institute of the Middle East Yevgeny Satanovsky.

As for the “Arab Spring” scenario, Mr. Satanovsky excludes the possibility of an emirate's revolt against the throne. The “Arab Spring” in the case of Qatar can only be a “revolt of migrant workers” - residents of the emirate who do not have his nationality. However, if we assume that such a statement happens, it will be easily suppressed, the expert is convinced.

Speaking about the foreign policy of Qatar after the change of the monarch, Mr. Satanovsky recalled: it was Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani who supported the more active foreign policy of Qatar in the region and toughened the policy of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. "His rule will lead to even more activity of Qatar, aimed at the earliest possible change of power in Damascus," the expert predicts.
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  1. Pacifist
    Pacifist 26 June 2013 10: 23 New
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    Well, yes, yes ... the most democratic state among the fighters for the people in the Middle East. Democracy is blooming in his country.
  2. IRBIS
    IRBIS 26 June 2013 10: 24 New
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    The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani left the throne after 18-year rule, transferring power to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
    Really timely, I remember how he "pushed" daddy. Judging by the face - the sonny is still that "pretzel", daddy will not have to go to Switzerland to lose the throne.
    And I also have an idea that the daddy-sheikh decided to jump off the train in time, foreseeing the failure in Syria and the need after that to explain something to the “comrades” in the circle of “friends” of Syria.
  3. Warrawar
    Warrawar 26 June 2013 10: 25 New
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    One tyrant transferred power to another tyrant, but no one said a word against. Where are the NATO democratic bombers?
    1. Gato
      Gato 26 June 2013 13: 17 New
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      From the point of view of amers, he, of course, is a tyrant. But he is his own, pocket tyrant. And that means a bastion of democracy!
    2. La hire
      La hire 26 June 2013 14: 10 New
      +3
      -Isn't that man supposed to be a son of a bitch?
      -He sure is but he is our son of a bitch.
      1. Gato
        Gato 26 June 2013 15: 18 New
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        That's it. I don’t know who his mom is there, but dad is still that son of ... America
  4. Alexey Prikazchikov
    Alexey Prikazchikov 26 June 2013 11: 20 New
    +9
    Well, erysipelas, a dirty animal.
  5. Personal
    Personal 26 June 2013 11: 22 New
    +1
    They are scrambled that they themselves will rake!
    Under the wing, or rather the warm and sweaty armpit of America, many warmed themselves until interests coincided, but only, the mood of the striped can change dramatically and hello to mom!
    1. Gato
      Gato 26 June 2013 13: 13 New
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      the mood in striped can change dramatically

      This is unlikely, given the oil reserves.
      1. Personal
        Personal 26 June 2013 15: 14 New
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        Qatar has signed a regulation of intentions for a gas pipe to Europe, through Syria and Turkey, and if we surrender Syria to our hegemony, it will come to an immediate end, but this is not a task, lately the stripes have been trying to cover Europe with their shale gas, so how the cards will lay down is another question ??? !!!
  6. Yeraz
    Yeraz 26 June 2013 11: 23 New
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    To be fooled, the population is 2 lyama, and the citizens of the emirate are 250 thousand. And how can there be lawlessness when there are more gastras at times ??
    1. Santa bear
      Santa bear 26 June 2013 11: 54 New
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      simply because the gastras are practically powerless there. the army and the police, and in general all the power structures, are entirely made up of citizens of the emirate, enjoy all the benefits and privileges granted to them by the right of citizenship, and at the slightest hint of displeasure from the Gaster they give them like a tortoise God. Tight control and instant tough reaction of loyal security officials is the reason for this order. and Gaster will not rebel, because otherwise they will be immediately sent back from where they came, and they’ll be lucky even if they are under their own power and not in parts. so that.
      1. Yeraz
        Yeraz 26 June 2013 12: 58 New
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        Quote: Santa Bear
        simply because the gastras are practically powerless there.

        and in Russia they have unlimited rights directly.
        Quote: Santa Bear
        the army and the police and in general all power structures are entirely made up of citizens of the emirate,

        Yes, looking at the OMON, you don’t see representatives of the gastras there.
        Quote: Santa Bear
        Tight control and instant tough response

        This is all there in Russia, it is simply unprofitable to use it because the authorities benefit from an unnecessary migrant worker. If it is a forced measure in Qatar, and the locals do not want to sweep and do the rest with such huge money. And in Russia with such huge wealth to share with the people do not want.
      2. Gato
        Gato 26 June 2013 13: 15 New
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        In addition, Qatari people are very densely patronized by Amers, Saudis and the same Mossad.
  7. Gato
    Gato 26 June 2013 11: 49 New
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    A sort of greasy oil pimple. That would be where to arrange "autumn", although the Qataris have very toothy special services - so calm and quiet.
    1. GELEZNII_KAPUT
      GELEZNII_KAPUT 26 June 2013 12: 01 New
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      Davytryopyvatyusya, return back to 18 years, tomorrow like an article should be in "Kommersant" about this! hi
      1. Gato
        Gato 26 June 2013 12: 57 New
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        hi

        back for 18 years

        Do you mean the 1995 coup?
  8. KG_patriot_last
    KG_patriot_last 26 June 2013 14: 18 New
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    And where are the democratizers, this is falsification of elections! The fourth son won, and the Qatari wanted a second! Where are the carriers, freedoms and bibisi?
  9. kuxx15
    kuxx15 26 June 2013 15: 25 New
    +1
    Saudis and Qatari, the main buyers of American weapons ...

    When there was an uprising in Bahrain (the U.S. Navy base is located there) and the Saudis came to the aid of the Sunni brothers, not a single western channel showed a single shot about it, the United States banned!
    here are those and democracy!
  10. kuxx15
    kuxx15 26 June 2013 15: 26 New
    +1
    Saudis and Qatari, the main buyers of American weapons ...

    When there was an uprising in Bahrain (the U.S. Navy base is located there) and the Saudis came to the rescue, not a single western channel showed a single shot about it, the United States banned!
    here are those and democracy!
  11. kuxx15
    kuxx15 26 June 2013 15: 28 New
    +1
    and Al Jazeera ...
    Quote: Gato
    In addition, Qatari people are very densely patronized by Amers, Saudis and the same Mossad.
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  13. lilit.193
    lilit.193 26 June 2013 18: 50 New
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    The old pig is gone, the pig is young. That’s the whole change.
  14. razved
    razved 26 June 2013 21: 38 New
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    Evil midgets !!! They were always jealous and afraid of the big and the strong and in every possible way spoiled them. (As in the fairy tale by A.S. Pushkin "Ruslan and Lyudmila")