UAE Leader Gives His Brothers, Son Top Positions

UAE Leader Gives His Brothers, Son Top Positions

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan appointed his eldest son Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed as crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, placing him as next in line to take over as the leader of the federation.

Known by his initials MBZ, Sheikh Mohamed, who is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, appointed his brother Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan as vice president of the UAE alongside Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Reuters reported.

The 52-year-old Sheikh Mansour owns the Manchester City football club.

Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the UAE’s national security adviser and chairman of the ADQ sovereign wealth fund, was named as deputy ruler of Abu Dhabi along with Hazza bin Zayed, another brother of the president.

Sheikh Khaled was previously appointed chairman of the country’s intelligence agency in 2016.

MBZ became ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE, which groups rulers of the seven emirates of the UAE federation, last May after the death of his half-brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who had ruled Abu Dhabi.

The UAE, a close US ally, is best known as the home of Dubai, a major international hub for business and travel.

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