UAE strongman named new president

The United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan has been elected president of the Gulf Arab point out by a federal supreme council, solidifying his rule around the OPEC oil producer and critical regional player.

The council, which teams the rulers of the 7 emirates of the UAE federation, elected Sheikh Mohammed, recognised as MbZ, a day immediately after the death of his fifty percent-brother, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who was also ruler of Abu Dhabi.

“We congratulate him and pledge allegiance to him as do our people…and the whole place will abide by his leadership to glory,” Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also UAE vice-president and premier, stated in a Twitter submit.

MbZ, 61, experienced already been wielding ability for years in a interval when Sheikh Khalifa suffered bouts of sickness, together with a stroke in 2014.

He becomes president at a time when the UAE’s long-standing ties with the United States have been visibly strained in excess of perceived US disengagement from its Gulf allies’ protection concerns.

MbZ led a realignment of the Center East that developed a new anti-Iran axis with Israel. He also bolstered the navy may possibly of the UAE which, coupled with its oil wealth and enterprise hub standing, prolonged Emirati impact in the region and outside of.

The Fort News