United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Dies At Age 73, Country to Observe Mourning Period

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Dies At Age 73, Country to Observe Mourning Period

  • United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed reportedly died at the age of 73 on Friday
  • The country will now go into a period of mourning and various sectors including the Government will be suspending all work for three days
  • Reports stated that Khalifa's half-brother Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan will mostly succeed him as ruler of the Abu Dhabi emirate

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A United Arab Emirates state news agency has reported that the country's head of state, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed died on Friday, 13 May, at the age of 73.

The details surrounding the death of the Abu Dhabi emirate ruler are not yet known, however, vice-president and premier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum will be the acting president, in accordance with the UAE constitution.

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United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies, suffered stroke in 2014
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed reportedly died at the age of 73 on Friday, 13 May. Image: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP
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According to a report by News24, Rashid al-Maktoum who is also the ruler of Dubai will be in an acting capacity until the seven rulers of the emirates meet and decide who will lead the UAE.

Khalifa was born in 1948 and in 2004 he was elected to become the ruler of the richest emirate Abu Dhabi and was also appointed as the Head of State.

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His half-brother Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan is anticipated to succeed him as ruler of Abu Dhabi. Mohammed bin Zayed has been the de facto leader of the US-allied UAE since Khalifa suffered a stroke in 2014.

According to state media WAM, the country has now entered a period of mourning and flags will be flown at half-mast for 40 days. The private sector, ministries, departments, federal and local institutions will be spending all work for three days from Friday, according to CNN.

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Former apartheid President FW De Klerk dies at age 85

Briefly News previously reported that the last president who ruled under the apartheid government, FW de Klerk, has passed away and Mzansi is in shock.

The former president’s death was confirmed by the FW de Klerk Foundation, revealing that he had passed away as a result of his battle with cancer. De Klerk died in his home in Fresnaye, Cape Town, at the age of 85.

Hearing the news, the people of Mzansi flocked to social media to pay their respects. De Klerk’s presidency was a monumental one that lead to the closing of a very dark chapter in South Africa, and his memory will forever live on in the new beginning of our Rainbow Nation.

Source: Briefly News

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