By Ivan Mwine
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been elected President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the UAE’s Federal Supreme Council.
President Mohamed bin Zayed’s election was confirmed and reported by the Emirates News Agency WAM on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, aged 61, becomes the third President of the UAE.
Dubai Ruler and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shared his congratulations, according to a WAM report.
The Council reportedly held a meeting on Saturday at al-Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed.
The meeting was attended by the heads of all seven emirates: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman; Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah; Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, according to a WAM report.
His election follows the death of former UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan, who died on Friday, aged 73 years old, and has since been buried.