The UAE’s long-time de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as president on Saturday, official media stated, a day after the dying of former chief Sheikh Khalifa.
Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, WAM information company stated, changing into the ruler of the oil-rich nation based by his father in 1971.
Sheikh Mohamed, usually referred to as ‘MBZ’, met members of the Federal Supreme Council, made up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, because the oil-rich nation enters a interval of mourning for his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa.
His ascension, which was extensively anticipated, formalises his place as chief of the desert state of 10 million after years of calling the photographs whereas Sheikh Khalifa was sidelined by poor well being.
Underneath his low-key path, the United Arab Emirates has put a person in area, despatched a probe to Mars and opened its first nuclear reactor, whereas utilizing its oil-funded clout to develop a extra assertive overseas coverage.
Intently allied with Saudi Arabia, it has emerged as a frontrunner of a reshaped Center East because the retreat of conventional powers and the lowered involvement of the USA, forging ties with Israel and becoming a member of a battle towards Iran-backed militants in Yemen.
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