UAE leader designates eldest son crown prince
DUBAI, March 30, (Agencies): Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, appointed his eldest son Khaled as crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, placing him as next in line to take over as the leader of the federation.
The state-run WAM news agency announced the appointment of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as crown prince late Wednesday, without providing further details. In Kuwait, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable on Thursday to Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan congratulating him on assuming the post of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince. In his cable, His Highness the Amir wished him success and everlasting health.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a congratulatory cable Thursday to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, expressing his best wishes and success on the new post. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also sent a cable of congratulations to Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for assuming the post of Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi. After Sheikh Mohammed, 62, who is commonly known as MBZ, ascended to the presidency last year, rumors swirled about whether he would make one of his brothers his heir. In that case, the front-runners would have been Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, the powerful national security chief, Sheikh Mansour, the owner of the Manchester City football club, or the foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah. Instead, he appears to concentrating power within his immediate family, as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman did by delegating wide-ranging powers to his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS.
A separate announcement said Sheikh Mohammed had appointed Sheikh Mansour as vice president of the UAE with the approval of the Federal Supreme Council. Sheikh Tahnoun and another brother, Sheikh Hazza, were appointed deputy rulers of Abu Dhabi.
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