TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatar is preparing to begin a leadership transition this summer in which the Emir will relinquish power to his son, and his cousin will step down as prime minister, a report said, adding that Doha has informed Iran of the imminent changes in the Persian Gulf country.
Senior figures in Qatar have briefed foreign counterparts that the time has come for Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad, the 33-year-old crown prince, to take over the leadership of the Persian Gulf state, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem, Qatar's prime minister and one of the biggest investors in Britain, will give up his post.
The Royal court will then announce that the 61-year-old Emir, Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who has struggled with health problems, will cede powers to the Sandhurst-educated crown prince.
A British source close to the Persian Gulf state was told of the plans earlier this year.
Sources said other key states, including the US and Iran, have also been briefed about the succession.