ABU DHABI: The UAE’s long-time de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was once elected as president on Saturday, professional media mentioned, an afternoon after the dying of former chief Sheikh Khalifa. The 61-year-old was once unanimously elected by way of the Federal Ultimate Council, WAM information company mentioned, changing into the ruler of the oil-rich nation based by way of his father in 1971. Sheikh Mohamed, incessantly referred to as “MBZ”, met individuals of the Federal Ultimate Council, made up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, as the rustic enters a length of mourning for his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa.
HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Friday expressed heartfelt condolences on dying of Sheikh Khalifa, pronouncing Arab and Islamic international locations misplaced “a perfect chief” who devoted his lifestyles for provider of his other people, protecting Arab and Islamic reasons. HH the Amir Sheikh Nawaf on Saturday despatched a cable of congratulations to Sheikh Mohamed, expressing felicitations after he was once unanimously elected as the brand new UAE president
Sheikh Mohamed’s ascension formalizes his place as chief of the state of 10 million. Beneath his route, the United Arab Emirates has put a person into area, despatched a probe to Mars and opened its first nuclear reactor, whilst the use of its oil-funded clout to increase a extra assertive international coverage. Authentic media had already named Sheikh Mohamed because the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s richest emirate, on Friday, inheriting one of the most primary titles held by way of Sheikh Khalifa who died at 73.
Sheikh Mohamed, dressed in a gentle gray kandura or gown, was once a pallbearer on the funeral prayers for Sheikh Khalifa who was once laid to leisure in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Cemetery simply hours after his dying was once introduced, according to Muslim custom. Flags are at half-mast across the UAE and companies and executive workplaces are closed for 3 days as the rustic enters a 40-day length of mourning for Sheikh Khalifa, who had dominated since 2004. – Businesses