After the death of a half-brother: Mohammed bin Sajid new president of the Emirates
Former Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sajid has been elected as the new President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He succeeds his half-brother Chalifa bin Sajid, who died on Friday.
The heads of the country’s seven emirates unanimously elected 61-year-old Sheikh Mohammed as president on Saturday, according to the state agency WAM. He thanked him for the trust. Due to the serious illness of his predecessor, Mohammed bin Sajid was already considered the true ruler of the United Arab Emirates.
Chalifa bin Sajid died the day before after a long illness following a stroke at the age of 73. He was buried on Friday evening. He had been head of state since 2004, but was rarely seen in public. Chalifa bin Sajid was also the Emir of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates. Sheikh Mohammed also holds this position.
The new head of state has had a decisive influence on the policy of the oil and gas-rich Emirates for several years. Under his leadership, the country has become an important regional power in recent years. The Emirates joined the Saudi-led coalition, which has been militarily active in civil war-torn Yemen for several years. Mohammed bin Sajid has close ties with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. However, there are also conflicts of interest, especially in Yemen.
In 2020, the Emirates and Bahrain became the first Gulf states to sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. This rapprochement was also driven by Mohammed bin Sajid. It mainly targets Shiite Iran, in which the Emirates sees a sworn enemy. But economic interests also played a role. (dpa)