25 June 2013

Random News Tidbits: An Abdication in Qatar

Looks like 2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Abdication. Recent rumors turned out to be true: power is changing hands in Qatar.

Video: Qatari Emir to Transfer Power
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, has abdicated in favor of his son the Crown Prince, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, 33. Sheikh Hamad took power from his father via a bloodless coup in 1995.
Sheikh Hamad and Sheikha Mozah
Now, Qatari politics - politics of any sort, actually - are sooooo not within the scope of this blog. So just to bring this back to our sphere: Sheikh Hamad's wife (well, one of his wives, the one that is his public consort) is Sheikha Mozah, my girl crush, and I shall be devastated not to see her ferocious elegance manning the helm of future Qatari state visits. Tamim is the second son of Hamad and Mozah; I believe he has two wives. Sheikha Mozah has many causes, though, so I suspect we'll still see her around.

And that's your wee update from the world of Actual News.

Photo: Getty Images