Qatar’s former Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani is being considered as Ban Ki-moon’s successor as the Secretary General of the United Nations.
According to a report published by UK periodical The Telegraph, Hamad was offered to be a backed candidate by Qatar’s Emir Tamim Bin Hamad when the first resigned last year.
Sources suggest that when the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon quits in 2016, Hamad could be running for the world’s top diplomatic post.
Hamad was Qatar’s most powerful political figure for almost a decade.
He was prime minister from 2007 until 2013. In 1992, he was appointed as the country’s foreign minister.
He retained his post when Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani came to power in a coup in 1995, a process in which he had a leading role.
Hamad was also chief executive of the country’s wealthiest fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, which has heavily invested in major corporations across the world.
Hamad Bin Jassim resigned one day after Tamim Bin Hamad led a silent coup that ousted his father Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani in June 2013.
Days later, Hamad was relieved from his position at the Qatar Investment Authority.
According to reports, Qatar’s new Emir Tamim Bin Hamad is looking into politically compensating the former prime minister by backing him as a runner to the United Nations Secretary General post.
However, Hamad’s nomination would be a matter of controversy as Qatar has been accused of either directly funding terrorist groups or turning a blind eye to financiers in the Middle East, especially in Syria.
American sources have suggested Qatar, the world’s wealthiest country per head of population, has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the leading source of private donations to the Islamic State, as well as to Al-Qaeda.
An American diplomatic cable sent in May 2008 by the US’ then chargé d’affaires in Doha, Michael Ratney, hinted at a dispute between Qatari intelligence agencies and Sheikh Hamad over the case of a senior Qatari bank official who was jailed for six months in connection with his role in funding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 11 September attack on the US.