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Al Jazeera DG resigns, takes up government role

Ahmad said he was leaving “to serve my country”, without indicating which post he was taking

  • Reuters
  • Published: 15:10 June 27, 2013
  • Gulf News

Doha: The director-general of Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news network has resigned to take up a post in the newly reshuffled government, the station said on Wednesday.

Ahmad Bin Jasem Al Thani said in a statement posted on the station’s website that he was leaving the network “to serve my country”, without indicating which government post he was taking.

Several ministers, including the prime minister and foreign minister, Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, were replaced in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, a day after Crown Prince Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani became the new ruler following his father’s abdication.

Al Jazeera took the lead in covering the uprisings across the Arab world since 2011. Qatar, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, backed uprisings that ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and supports rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

The station did not indicate who his replacement would be.

Al Thani took over after long-serving director general, Wadah Khanfar, stepped down as the network’s top executive in September 2011.

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