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Qatar abolishes controversial ‘kafala’ labour system

DOHA: Qatar on Monday formally announced the end of its controversial "kafala" system, arguably the biggest ever labour reform undertaken by the host of the 2022 football World Cup. In a long-expected announcement, Labour Minister Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi said the "kafala" rules would be abolished from December 13. He said a contract-based system to govern the gas-rich Gulf emirate's 2.1 million foreign workers would take its place. Under "kafala", all foreign workers working in Qatarrequire a local…