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Hamdan bin Zayed is Deputy Premier

posted on 09/10/2003: 836 views

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree No. 54 of 2003, appointing Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, as Deputy Prime Minister.

The decree reads: "We, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, after having reviewed the UAE Constitution and Federal Decree No. 67 of 1997 regarding the formation of the UAE Cabinet, and upon a proposal by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have decided the following: "Article No. 1 stipulates that Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan shall be appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

"Article No. 2 states the UAE Prime Minister shall take this Decree into effect from the date of issue, October 8, 2003, and to be published in official gazette." Born in 1962, Sheikh Hamdan graduated from the UAE University in 1984 with a degree in political science and economics.

He was appointed the following year as Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1988, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development. He was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1990. Sheikh Hamdan is also the Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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