Qatar's former emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani died on Sunday, aged 84, Qatar's state news agency QNA reported. He ruled Qatar from 1972 until 1995 when he was deposed in a bloodless palace coup by his son Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the father of Qatar's current emir Sheikh Tamim. Sheikh Hamad handed power in 2013 to Sheikh Tamim in a rare abdication by a hereditary Gulf Arab ruler to try to ensure a smooth succession. Qatar will observe three days of mourning for Sheikh Khalifa, QNA said.
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