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Ailing UAE Ruler Dies, Influential Prince Set to Succeed Him

News Link • UAE United Arab Emirates 05-13-2022 • Zainab Fattah, Ben Bartenstein and Anthony Di Paol

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who steered the Gulf Arab country through the global financial crisis and oversaw its rapid economic transformation, had been in office since 2004. He was 73. 

Sheikh Khalifa was also ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest of the seven sheikhdoms that comprise the UAE. His younger brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is expected to become president of the country and ruler of Abu Dhabi.

“Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor and my teacher, may God have mercy on you and take you into his good grace and paradise,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter. It’s not clear who will succeed him as crown prince of Abu Dhabi. 

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