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Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Brahimi Calls 40 Years Of One Family's Rule "Too Long"
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UN envoy says 40 years of Assad family rule is "too long"

Asked to comment on Mr. Brahimi's statement, the hereditary rulers of Kuwait (the  Al Sabah royal family that has ruled Kuwait for 250 years), the Al-Nahyan (the ruling family  of Abu Dhabi for 260 years), the Al-Maktoum who have ruled over Kuwait for 180 years, the Hashemite king of Jordan, whose family has ruled over Jordan, originally the Emirate of Transjordan, for the past 90 years, the Al-Saud who have ruled over most of the land that they renamed after themselves as Saudi Arabia, for 279 years, the Alouite dynastic family in Morocco that has held power for 350 years,  were all apparently either away from their desks or travelling. The only ruler who --  through his newly-expanded instrument of propaganda, Al Jazeera -- was available for comment was the current ruler of Qatar, a member of the Al-Thani family that has ruled over Qatar for 188 years. And all he offered, as a cryptic response,  was "Mr. Brahimi will be glad to know Al Jazeera will be doing a story on his private finances, including his  dealings with Jacques Chirac,  quite soon."

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Posted on 01/09/2013 1:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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