Mohammed Bin Zayed – a president-in-waiting

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ), the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, has already taken on day-to-day presidential duties, as the health of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan deteriorates. It has long been assumed that the presidency will be his on his half-brother’s death. The first president of the UAE, MBZ’s father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, made clear his intentions when he named MBZ deputy crown prince in 2003; when Sheikh Zayed died the following year, Sheikh Khalifa became ruler of Abu Dhabi and MBZ his heir.
Issue 963, 7 February 2014. Read more

Also in this issue:

Khalifa’s condition ‘stable’ – but Mohammed Bin Zayed is waiting in the wings
The Bani Fatima: at the centre of power
UAE: Who will be MBZ’s crown prince?
UAE: Mohammed Bin Zayed’s inner circle

 

UAE: Al-Nahyan succession report

This five-page report collects articles and an Al-Nahyan family tree, originally published in GSN Issue 963. It profiles Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) and the influential Bani Fatima - the six sons of Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Kitbi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan’s most prominent wife - and analyses MBZ's inner circle.
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Further reading:
Gulf States News Issue 724
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince linked to crackdown
UAE: 30 convicted in Brotherhood trial
UAE sentences 69 in Al-Islah trial
Gulf States News Issue 632
Gulf States News Issue 527

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