Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Elected UAE President

FILE - In this May 15, 2017, file photo, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, smiles during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington. Emails obtained by The Associated Press between business partners Elliott Broidy and George Nader indicate that the pair was working with bin Zayed in a lobbying effort to alter U.S. policy in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

On Saturday, UAE’s long-time de facto ruler, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was elected as president just a day after the death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa.

Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, becoming the ruler of the oil-rich country founded by his father in 1971.

Sheikh Mohamed, often known as ‘MBZ’, met members of the Federal Supreme Council, made up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, as the oil-rich country enters a period of mourning for his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa.

His ascension, which was widely expected, formalises his position as leader of the desert state of 10 million after years of calling the shots while Sheikh Khalifa was sidelined by poor health.

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