Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes UAE’s President
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan succeeded elder brother Khalifa Bin Zayed.
- President Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan died on Friday.
- Supreme Council's members made the announcement on Saturday.
UAE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan would succeed Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the rulers of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. He has served as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi since 2004 will be the country’s third President, succeeding his brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Supreme Council’s own members on Saturday took the decision electing Sheik Mohammed as the 17th ruler to take charge of the post for the coming five years.
Sheikh Mohamed has previously served as the Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE’s Armed Forces, and is credited with developing the Forces’ strategic planning, training, organisational structure, and improving defence capabilities.
UAE will observe 40 days of mourning following Sheikh Khalifa’s death, with government and private offices being shut until Tuesday.