Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Elected New President of UAE
09:02 GMT 14.05.2022 (Updated: 09:48 GMT 14.05.2022)
Sheikh Mohamed became the head of the state after his half-brother, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away on Friday. A three-day mourning period was declared in the country, during which all public and private institutions are closed and the entertainment events are postponed.
Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, was elected by the Federal Supreme Council as the President of the United Arab Emirates, state news agenciy WAM announced on Saturday.
Dubai Ruler and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum sent his congratulations to MBZ, the report added.
Sheikh Mohamed has been serving as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE forces, and has been carrying out the functions of the president and Abu Dhabi monarch since 2014, after his half-brother Khalifa suffered a stroke and reduced his public appearances.
Back in 2019, the politician was named the most powerful Arab ruler by the New York Times, and was ranked among the 100 most influential people by Time magazine. Under his leadership, the nation signed the Abraham Accords peace agreement with Israel, aiming to normalise relations between the two countries.
He is also known for his philanthropy, as he has been giving money to the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and various medical charities, as well as setting up art museums and participating in project to protect wild animals.