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Who actually governs Qatar?

With the repercussions of the recent events and the result of the political crisis between a number of Arab countries and the coup regime in Qatar, the biggest question that is emerging on the scene is: Who actually governs Qatar?

With the abdication of Hamad Bin Khalifa, the ruler of Qatar, in favor of his son Tamim, who came to power in a controversial manner for the post of state of the covenant, before that, the father’s waiver remained very vague and the reasons presented for this “waiver” is at best, strange, funny and cause for wonder and questionable.

With the arrival of Tamim officially to the post of Emir, began features of the New Testament and the formal salvation of the old guard of his father, led by the former controversial Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jassim, and the appointment of the “new” faces and supporters. However, the reality is otherwise.

The leader of the coup, Hamad Bin Khalifa, was and still, is the one who is following things and keeps the political, diplomatic, and media compass trends, which continue as they are. Support for the armed terrorist groups in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other destinations has increased very significantly in recent days, and the confusion has begun to clear on the ruling party in Qatar.

Tamim was unable to win any battle for his benefit, whether in the diplomatic or political arena, but increased the number of countries that Doha has conflict and rivalry with in ways that have become known and denied by them, is no longer useful and convincing

Hussein Shobokshi

Routine retraction

A speech by Emir Tamim was abruptly cut off without any subsequent explanation. The same thing happened with former Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jassim, who announced an unexpected talk on Jazeera Channel. Justifying, and of course one cannot ignore, the initial statements that came out from Tamim and then retracted, was said to be the signs of sharp differences of opinion between the father of the coup leader and his entourage and Tamim and the new faces.

The current Emir Tamim is handcuffed by the father, especially in financial affairs. As it is known any disbursement by the Central Bank of Qatar exceeding the barrier of one billion Qatari riyals must be approved by the signature of the father personally and everyone who deals with the Central Bank of Qatar knows this very well.

Appointments in major positions such as the Ministry of Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers must be approved by the father of the Emir, as well as the selection of ambassadors of Qatar to Washington, Moscow, London and Paris and the GCC countries too.

Under pressure

Therefore, Tamim is under severe pressure from the circle of his father and his mother to impose policies that he adopts so that the approach of ruling becomes monstrous and a copy of his father’s already hated rule.

Tamim was unable to win any battle for his benefit, whether in the diplomatic or political arena, but increased the number of countries that Doha has conflict and rivalry with in ways that have become known and denied by them, is no longer useful and convincing.

The footnote surrounding Tamim’s circle and his father from the Muslim brothers and the Arab caliphate, and the suspicious advisers from the Western decision-making circles, combined with enormous pressure on the coup regime in Qatar, convinced himself that he was a maker of change in the Middle East.

He wears a garment much larger than his size. He also acts on this basis, but because he is “unconvincing” and does not apply what he claims and asks others to reveal himself and to reveal that in fact is only a “tool” in the hands of others.

Therefore, the pivotal question remains: “Who rules Qatar?”

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.
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(Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.

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Last Update: Monday, 26 June 2017 KSA 13:10 - GMT 10:10
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