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Qatar emir abdicates in favour of son

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Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicated in favour of his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim, on Tuesday, in a first for the Arab world.

"I announce handing the rule over to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani," the 61-year-old emir said in a televised speech, adding the decision opened the way for a "young leadership".

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