The Qatar Government System takes place in an undemocratic framework of an absolute monarchy being rules by the Emir of Qatar is not only head of state, but also the head of government.
At the present, the Qatar government is being ruled with the following:
- Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
- Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
- Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
There are no democratic institutions or elections, and power is assumed on a hereditary basis in Qatar government. Its legal system combines limited aspects of Islamic (or Sharia) and civil law codes in a discretionary system of law totally controlled by the Emir. Although civil codes are being implemented, Islamic law is used in family and personal matters. The laws are designed to protect absolute monarchy and hereditary rule. The country lacks a parliament or any law making body of people’s representatives. The country has not accepted compulsory International Court of Justice jurisdiction.
Qatar Government has comparatively liberal laws, but is still not as liberal as some other Arab states of the Persian Gulf like United Arab Emirates or Bahrain. Qatar is a civil law jurisdiction. Expatriates from different nationalities enjoy the freedom of the country however not absolute as certain boundaries are observed. The law of Qatar government is always in favor of its citizen and is quite known to be bias in the eye of immigrants.