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Qatar’s new PM Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani

(AFP) / 27 June 2013

Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, named Qatar’s new prime minister on Wednesday, has long served in the interior ministry and is seen as close to the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

A minister of state for internal affairs since February 15, 1995, until he was promoted to interior minister as well as prime minister on Wednesday, Shaikh Abdullah had worked on organising and developing different departments within the ministry.

Discreet but known for his passion for work, the new premier was a de facto interior minister, although the post was officially held since 2001 by Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaled Al Thani, another member of the ruling family.

The new prime minister graduated from a British military academy in 1984.

A year later, Shaikh Abdullah joined the interior ministry where he was appointed director of special security forces in 2002, and commander of the interior ministry’s special forces in 2004.

In 2005, he became the minister of state for internal affairs, according to an official biography.

Shaikh Abdullah, a father of six, had taken several courses in security in Britain, the United States and France.

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