UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed called brand-new president

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UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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The United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was chosen president of the Gulf Arab state by a federal supreme council on Saturday, strengthening his guideline over the OPEC oil manufacturer and essential local gamer.

The council, which groups the rulers of the 7 emirates of the UAE federation, chosen Sheikh Mohammed, referred to as MbZ, a day after the death of his half-brother, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who was likewise ruler of Abu Dhabi.

“We congratulate him and pledge allegiance to him as do our people…and the entire country will follow his leadership to glory,” Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is likewise UAE vice-president and premier, stated in a Twitter post.

MbZ, 61, had actually currently been wielding power for several years in a duration when Sheikh Khalifa suffered bouts of health problem, consisting of a stroke in 2014.

He ends up being president at a time when the UAE’s enduring ties with the United States have actually been noticeably strained over viewed U.S. disengagement from its Gulf allies’ security issues.

MbZ led an adjustment of the Middle East that produced a brand-new anti-Iran axis withIsrael He likewise boosted the military may of the UAE which, paired with its oil wealth and company center status, extended Emirati impact in the area and beyond.

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