US Nursing: Qatar
Skipping through the chronicles a nurses will read that the royal family has provided some interesting footnotes of history. June 1995 saw Crown Prince Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani depose his father. His reasons being primarily because the king was out of step with the country’s economic reforms. Nonetheless the emir did not lose his title as at the time much of the power was already in his son’s hands. The new emir lifted press censorship and instituted other liberal reforms, including democratic elections and importantly women’s suffrage in 1999. In 2003 Crown Prince Jassim, declared that he had never wanted to be king and abdicated in favour of his brother, Prince Tamim.
Nurses will know that Qatar is the home of the controversial Arabic satellite television network Al Jazeera that built its reputation mostly in the Gulf wars, it is located in Qatar.
Qatar introduced its first constitution in 2005. It guarantees freedom of expression, assembly, and religion and calls for a 45-seat parliament, with thirty seats being filled in democratic elections. The remaining seats being allocated by the emir.
Bringing us up to date Sheik Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani resigned as prime minister in 2007 and former foreign minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem al Thani was chosen as his replacement.