Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected president of the United Arab Emirates (official media)

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected president of the United Arab Emirates (official media)

Abu Dhabi – The UAE’s longtime de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected president on Saturday, state media reported, a day after the loss of life of former chief Sheikh Khalifa.

Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, the WAM information company reported, turning into the chief of the oil-rich nation based by his father in 1971.

Sheikh Mohamed, typically referred to as ‘MBZ’, met with members of the Federal Supreme Council, made up of leaders from the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, because the oil-rich nation enters a interval of mourning for its half- brother Sheikh Khalifa.

His rise, which was broadly anticipated, formalizes his place as chief of the desert state of 10 million individuals after years of pulling the strings as Sheikh Khalifa was sidelined by poor well being.

Under his quiet management, the United Arab Emirates despatched a person into area, despatched a probe to Mars and opened its first nuclear reactor, all whereas utilizing its oil-funded affect to develop a extra assertive overseas coverage.

Closely allied with Saudi Arabia, he has grow to be the chief of a reshaped Middle East because the withdrawal of conventional powers and the diminished involvement of the United States, forging ties with Israel and becoming a member of a battle towards militants supported by Iran to Yemen.

©AFP

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