Doha: Qatar's State Minister for Internal Affairs is tipped to succeed powerful Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani as Prime Minister in an expected cabinet reshuffle by the new emir, sources said on Wednesday.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, 33, succeeded his 61-year-old father who voluntarily abdicated as emir on Tuesday, making his son the youngest ruler in Gulf Arab states.

The cabinet reshuffle is expected to see Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani replacing Sheikh Hamad as Prime Minister, according to sources.

Sheikh Hamad, a driving force behind the tiny Gulf state's rise to global prominence, also held the post of Minister for Foreign Affairs for 18 years. Sheikh Abdullah, a member of the ruling family, has been State Minister for Internal Affairs since February 2005.

Sheikh Hamad's deputy, Khaled al-Attiyah, could become the next Foreign Minister, they said. Energy minister Mohammed al-Sada will retain his post, while Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Marri could become Minister of Justice.


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