Al Jazeera chief quits for politics

Following the abdication of Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in favour of his son, Crown Prince Tamim,the director of Qatar-based network Al Jazeera, has resigned to take up a post in the Gulf state’s newly reshuffled Government.

Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani, said: “I leave Al Jazeera to answer another call, to serve my country, with full confidence of your continued success. Together we have formulated a robust strategy to continue the development of this Network into the leading and most trusted media institution in the world.”

“I leave you with great pride for having worked with such trustworthy and dependable people. I saw in you a level of courage and persistence that is unique and powerful, always seeking to inform the world and stand by humanity, regardless of the challenges you face.”

Al-Thani took the helm at Al Jazeera after the departure in September 2011 of Wadah Khanfar, who had lead the Government-funded news network for its first eight years.

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