The UAE’s long-time de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was named as president on Saturday, confirming his rise to energy a day after the demise of former chief Sheikh Khalifa.
The 61-year-old, who has run the oil-rich Gulf state from behind the scenes since his half-brother was sidelined by in poor health well being in 2014, was “unanimously elected” by rulers of the nation’s seven emirates, the official WAM information company mentioned.
His ascension was broadly anticipated. It got here after he led funeral prayers and helped carry the physique of Sheikh Khalifa, 73, who was buried at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen cemetery after a easy ceremony on Friday.
Sheikh Mohamed now takes formal management of the desert nation of 10 million – most of them expatriates – whose profile has been steadily rising.
He additionally succeeded Sheikh Khalifa as ruler of Abu Dhabi, which sits on 90 % of the United Arab Emirates’ oil wealth.
US President Joe Biden congratulated his “long-time pal” and Russian President Vladimir Putin additionally welcomed his appointment. Syrian chief Bashar al-Assad, who visited the UAE in March, despatched a gushing tribute.
Below the low-key course of Sheikh Mohamed, the third son of founding president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE has put a person into house, despatched a probe to Mars and opened its first nuclear reactor, whereas utilizing its oil-funded clout to develop a extra assertive international coverage.
Intently allied with Saudi Arabia, it has emerged as a pacesetter of a reshaped Center East for the reason that retreat of conventional Arab powers and the decreased involvement of the USA, forging ties with Israel and becoming a member of a Saudi-led battle in opposition to Iran-backed militants in Yemen.
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