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Tanks Back Succession Move in UAE's Ras Al-Khaimah

Federal leaders in the United Arab Emirates have sent tanks into Ras al-Khaimah to back a sudden change in succession announced by the emirate’s aging ruler that has been rejected by his ousted eldest son. Eyewitnesses said Sunday tanks were guarding the palaces of new crown prince Saud and his father Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed al-Qassimi, who Saturday removed his eldest son Khaled from the succession in a decree. Sources close to Khaled said he had rejected the decision saying his father, thought to be around 90 years old, was not in good health. No reason was given for Sheikh Saqr’s move. Saud is a prominent businessman in Ras al-Khaimah, one of seven emirates that make up the UAE federation. Full Story

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