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Political situation

Emirs by Emirate
Abu Dhabi
Khalifa ibn Zayid al-Nahayan
Maktum bin Rashid al-Maktum
Sultan Bin Muhammad al-Qasimi
Ras al-Khaimah
Saqr bin Muhammad al-Qasimi
Humaid bin Rashid an-Nuaimi
Hamad bin Muhammad ash-Sharqi
Umm al-Qaiwain
Rashid bin Ahmad al-Mu'alla
Emirs of the federation
Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahayan 1971-2004
Khalifa ibn Zayed al-Nahayan 2004-

The United Arab Emirates are stable politically. Even if there is no democracy, the citizens of the emirates enjoy a relatively high freedom of speech.
There are four levels of governing in the Emirates: President, High Council, Federal National Council, Local Emirs. A lot of power rests with the local emirs. There is no power beyond this, and ordinary citizens of the different emirates have no influence on political issues. Some discontent have been visible, represented partly by a coup in Sharjah in the late 80s.

By Tore Kjeilen