UAE President passes away

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Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died at the age of 73, but the cause of his death is still unknown

File photo taken on December 20, 2004, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, attends the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Six-Country Summit in Manama.
Jalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.Adam JaniAFP

Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died this Friday 73 yearsWithout knowing at this time the circumstances of his death. deathAs reported by the Emirati state news agency WAM.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs offers its condolences to the people of United Arab Emirates and the leader of the nation of Arab Muslim nations by His Excellency Jalifa bin Zayed Al NahyanThe President of the State, who accompanied God on Friday, May 13,” the department said in a statement issued by WAM.

The note, which does not give details of the caliph’s death, says that the ministry announced official mourning and lowering the national flag at half-staff a 40 day periodAs is the tradition in some Arab countries.

He also announced suspension The number of jobs in all public institutions and private companies from this Friday.

The funeral speech will be on this Friday, after which muslim prayer Which is prevalent in Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Mosque after sunset Abu Dhabi, According to WAM, while other temples in the country will also perform a special puja.

in power since 2004

Born in 1948, Khalifa assumed the presidency of the country after the death of his father in 2004 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al NahyanA man who unified the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and managed to coordinate his conversion from a desert country to an emir oil stateWith the stable and most dynamic economy in the region.

The Caliph followed in his father’s footsteps and led the implementation in many countries. modernization and development, as well Investment By 2014, he had suffered a stroke worth billions of dollars, for which he underwent urgent surgery at a hospital in his country.

Although officials had assured at the time that his condition was “stable”, Shaikh disappeared. political and international scene, And almost never appearing in public, he passed the job to his half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince. Abu Dhabi Since 2004, who in recent years became the strongest man in the UAE and the de facto leader of the country.

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