Who Rules Qatar now?

Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. The hereditary emir of Qatar rules as an autocrat (currently, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani) and holds all executive and legislative authority, as well as controlling the judiciary.

Is Qatar ruled by a king?

Qatar is a constitutional monarchy headed by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al- Thani. The population is approximately 1.7 million, of whom approximately 225,000 are citizens. The emir exercises full executive power. The 2005 constitution provides for hereditary rule by the emir’s male branch of the al-Thani family.

Is Qatar a country on its own?

Qatar, independent emirate on the west coast of the Persian Gulf. Doha Bay and the skyline of Doha, Qatar, showing a high-rise district (left) and the Museum of Islamic Art (right).

What government does Qatar have?

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