The Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today elected Abu Dhabi’s ruler, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the country’s new president, one day after his half-brother and former head of state, Khallifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, He died at the age of 73 for reasons that have not yet been revealed.

“The Federal Supreme Council chooses Mohamed bin Zayed as president of the United Arab Emirates,” the Emirati state news agency WAM announced in a brief statement.

The agency indicated that Bin Zayed “expressed his gratitude for the valuable trust placed in him” by the members of the Emirati Supreme Council and the rulers of the seven emirates that make up the country.

The prime minister and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who briefly served as interim president of the country after the death of the previous leader yesterday, congratulated the new head of state on his election.

“We congratulate him, we swear allegiance to him and our people swear allegiance to him. The whole country is led by him to be led along the paths of glory, success and happiness, God willing,” Bin Rashid said through his account. Twitter official.

He also indicated that the new leader is “the shadow” and “the extension of all of us” of his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the man who unified the seven emirates that make up the UAE in 1971.

Shortly before his appointment, WAM reported that Bin Zayed received several phone calls this morning from “leaders of various brotherly and friendly countries” to express their condolences on the death of his brother, Khalifa bin Zayed.

Among the leaders who contacted him were King Mohamed IV of Morocco; the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; US President Joe Biden and French Head of State Emmanuel Macron.

Precisely today Macron and other heads of state, such as Egyptian President Abdelfatah al Sisi, plan to travel to the Emirates to express their condolences to the new president in person.

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