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Mohammed bin Zayed is already leading the Emirates after the death of his brother.

Mohamed bin Zayed, also known as MBZ, was elected President of the United Arab Emirates this Saturday by six other emirs following the death of his half-brother Khalifa bin Zayed the day before. The transition was easy, as power did not really change hands.

MBZ, still the crown prince, has already been shadow emir since at least 2014, when his paternal brother suffered a stroke. Since then, his political or military involvement in the region has continued to grow, although not to everyone’s liking, from Yemen to Syria and from Libya to South Sudan.

Thus, the seventeenth emir of Abu Dhabi becomes the third president of the federation founded by his father half a century ago. It concentrates fabulous power in the emirate, which owns 90% of the country’s oil reserves and the fourth largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.

Among the foreign guests who will arrive in Abu Dhabi today to pay their respects is Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, which has an air base in Abu Dhabi. Egyptian President Abdel Fateh Al-Sisi, bin Zayed’s protégé, already did so yesterday.

The new emir not only strengthened relations with the United States, but also improved relations with Israel without compensating the Palestinians. Something unthinkable until recently.

The Testaments of Abraham, on which he bears his signature, are a response to the search for new formulas for the preservation of pro-Western monarchies in a region that has ceased to be a priority for the United States. Regimes that are equally threatened by Iran, political Islamism and demands for democratization. Looking ahead, MBZ has cleared the to-do list with Syria, Turkey and Qatar after years of tension.


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