UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies – World

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan has passed away, the Ministry of Government Affairs said on Friday. He was also the ruler of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

“The President mourns the people of the UAE, Arab and Islamic countries and the world who died on Friday,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement to state media. More details.

According to the constitution, Dubai’s ruler and vice president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will act as president until the federal parliament, which unites the rulers of the seven emirates, elects a new president within 30 days.

Born in 1948, Khalifa has barely appeared in public after suffering a stroke in 2014, and his half-brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi known as MbZ, was the de facto ruler of OPEC, a UAE allied with the United States. . oil producers.

MbZ tweeted, “The UAE has lost a righteous son and leader of the ’empowerment phase’ and guardian of the blessed journey”, praising the wisdom and generosity of the Khalifa.

The UAE will hoist a 40-day period of mourning from Friday on a half-mast and suspend all public and private sector work for three days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Condolences began pouring in from Arab leaders, including the King of Bahrain, the President of Egypt and the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif said he was deeply saddened by the news of the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

“UAE has lost a visionary leader and a great friend of Pakistan. My heartfelt condolences and condolences to the UAE government and people. May Allah rest his soul in peace!” he tweeted

General Qamar Javed Bajwa of the Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) also expressed his condolences.

“Mr. Park has lost a great friend. May Allah Almighty bless his soul and give strength to his bereaved family 2 to bear this irreparable loss,” said the Army Chief of Staff.

Khalifa came to power in 2004 in the wealthiest emirate of Abu Dhabi and became head of state. He is expected to be succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed.

Abu Dhabi, which holds most of the Gulf’s oil wealth, has been president since 1971 when Khalifa’s father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founded the UAE.