Sheikh Khalifa, deposed former ruler of Qatar, dies at 84

Qatari state television says the country’s former ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani, has died.

The channel reported that the 84-year-old former emir died Sunday evening.

He had not held power since 1995, when he was deposed by his son, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, in a bloodless palace coup.

The tiny, energy-rich country on the eastern edge of Saudi Arabia is now ruled by Sheikh Khalifa’s grandson, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, who has declared three days of mourning.