The United Arab Emirates (UAE) formally elected a new president on Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, after the country’s president of the past 18 years, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, passed away on Friday, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
A federal council of the UAE unanimously proclaimed Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also known as “MBZ”, the president of the federation on May 14. The Supreme Federal Council of the UAE consists of the rulers of the seven emirates of the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah).
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MBZ succeeded the late UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday after he passed away on Friday, May 13, after a nearly two-decade rule as President of the UAE from 2004 to 2022. Mohamed, 61, is the half-brother of the late Khalifa, 73. Observers viewed Mohamed as the de facto ruler of the UAE since 2014, when Khalifa suffered a stroke and then withdrew from public life. Mohamed oversaw key government decisions on behalf of the UAE over the past eight years, while Khalifa retained a largely ceremonial role as UAE president.
Heads of state from around the world — including Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — extended their condolences to the UAE on Khalifa’s passing and congratulations on Mohamed’s presidential election over the weekend. A number of world leaders arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday, May 16 to to communicate their messages to Mohamed personally, including a senior delegation representing the administration of US President Joe Biden.
MBZ previously served as the deputy commander-in-chief of the UAE’s armed forces and is credited with transforming the federation’s army “into one of the most effective in the Arab world, according to experts who say he instituted military service to counter nationalism.” rather than rights among an affluent population,” Reuters noted on May 14.
The news agency recalled that Sheikh Mohamed had “warm ties” with the administration of former US President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2021.
†[T]The two Gulf Hawks lobbied for Washington’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran, boycotted neighboring Qatar for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a costly war to try to break the Yemeni Houthis’ grip,” Reuters noted of the US-backed foreign sheikh Mohamed policy actions of recent years.
“The UAE also waded into conflict from Somalia to Libya and Sudan before overthrowing decades of Arab consensus by forging ties with Israel in 2020, along with Bahrain, in US-brokered deals known as the Abraham Accords. that drew Palestinian anger,” the news agency said. further noted from the UAE under unofficial rule of Sheikh Mohamed.