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Two pretenders are staking their claims to the Sultanate of Mahra and Socotra, months after Sheikh Abdullah Bin Essa Al-Afrar was dropped as sultan-presumptive having lost the General Council of the People of Al-Mahra and Socotra’s confidence. Abdullah is attempting to reassert his authority, while the General Council – which favours home-rule – appointed a cousin from the Bin Afrar family’s Itab branch, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Afrar, but has since split.
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