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Yearbook 2013

Qatar. According to Countryaah, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani resigned from the throne on June 25 and was succeeded by her 33-year-old son, Crown Prince and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The old emir declared in a speech that he wanted to give the country's youth increased power. The new one - educated in the UK and the driving force behind Qatar's advancement in the power world of sports - already appointed a new government the following day with Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani as prime minister. Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim, one of the region's most influential diplomats, was replaced by Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, a former fighter pilot who previously held several ministerial posts.

2013 Qatar

The human rights organization Amnesty International reported in November on widespread abuses in the construction sector, which are entirely staffed by guest workers. According to the report, it was common for workers not to be paid, forced to live in miserable conditions and injured themselves severely.

Forced labor also occurred. According to a previous report, from the international trade union federation ITUC, on average, one guest worker per day died from work-related injuries or illnesses. Ahead of the Soccer World Cup, which is being held in Qatar in 2022, at least half a million extra guest workers were estimated to be needed to build arenas, hotels and infrastructure. Those responsible for the World Cup welcomed Amnesty's criticism and pledged to demand a tightening of the construction companies.

The Qatar-based television company al-Jazira launched in August an American channel with headquarters in New York. The venture was rated as the largest in American television since 1996.

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