Qatar's new emir names Sheikh Abdullah as PM

Qatar's new emir formed a government Wednesday from which he excluded powerful former prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, replacing him with the former minister of state for internal affairs, a statement said.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani was named both the prime minister and interior minister, while former minister of state for foreign affairs Khaled al-Attiyah was promoted to foreign minister, a post held by Hamad for 21 years.

Mohammed al-Sada, meanwhile, retained the post of energy minister, a key position in the gas-rich Gulf emirate, the official QNA news agency reported.