Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Photo: Reuters

Qatar emir expected to hand over reins to fourth son

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is believed to be preparing to hand control of the gas-rich Gulf state to a son. A cabinet reshuffle is also expected in which powerful Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani, a cousin of the emir, may lose his post, or at least the foreign affairs portfolio.