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    Qatar Government - 1990

      Long-form name: State of Qatar

      Type: traditional monarchy

      Capital: Doha

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 3 September 1971 (from UK)

      Constitution: provisional constitution enacted 2 April 1970

      Legal system: discretionary system of law controlled by the amir, although civil codes are being implemented; Islamic law is significant in personal matters

      National holiday: Independence Day, 3 September (1971)

      Executive branch: amir, Council of Ministers (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shura)

      Judicial branch: Court of Appeal

      Leaders: Chief of State and Head of Government--Amir and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Hamad Al THANI (since 22 February 1972); Heir Apparent Hamad bin Khalifa AL THANI (appointed 31 May 1977; son of Amir)

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Suffrage: none

      Elections: Advisory Council--constitution calls for elections for part of this consultative body, but no elections have been held; seats--(30 total)

      Member of: Arab League, FAO, G-77, GATT (de facto), GCC, IBRD, ICAO, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPEC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Hamad Abd al-Aziz AL-KAWARI, Chancery at Suite 1180, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037; telephone (202) 338-0111; US--Ambassador Mark G. HAMBLEY; Embassy at Fariq Bin Omran (opposite the television station), Doha (mailing address is P. O. Box 2399, Doha); telephone p974o 864701 through 864703

      Flag: maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side

      NOTE: The information regarding Qatar on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Qatar Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Qatar Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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