Well, it is official. The super awesome His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar has retired, err, stepped down as the Emir of Qatar. So, who’s replacing him? His son… His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
According to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, via a press conference, the reason for his abdication was pretty simple. According to the Emir “…it was time for a new generation to takeover… This is the beginning of a new era in which a young leadership will hold the banner…”
According to the Qatar News Agency, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will “…receive citizens from 8 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 26 to swear allegiance to the new Emir…”
So, congrats Your Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani! Good luck, dude. And, don’t screw up. 🙂
Click the video to watch the announcement on You Tube.