Middle East

Sheikh Khalifa, deposed former ruler of Qatar, dies at 84

Qatari state television says the country’s former ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, has died. The channel reported that the 84-year-old former emir died Sunday evening.

He had not held power since 1995, when he was deposed by his son, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in a bloodless palace coup.

The tiny, energy-rich country on the eastern edge of Saudi Arabia is now ruled by Sheikh Khalifa’s grandson, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has declared three days of mourning.

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