The Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Deputy Governor of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, congratulated Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan after being named the new president of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
The official announcement was made following a meeting in Abu Dhabi of the leaders of the seven emirates, making Sheikh Mohamed the country’s third president following the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday.
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In a tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Today the Federal Supreme Council elected my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as President of the State.
“We commend him, and we pledge allegiance to him, and our people pledge allegiance to him.”
Dubai’s Deputy Governor, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also extended his congratulations, posting on Twitter: “We congratulate the United Arab Emirates on electing…His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as head of state, and we ask God for his success.
“He is the best successor to the best predecessor, and we pledge his loyalty to the nation and its president, and to do and be sincere in service to the United Arab Emirates and its people under his rule and leadership.”
The late President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa, was laid to rest at al-Bateen Cemetery in Abu Dhabi, the state news agency (WAM) reported on Friday.
Prior to his burial, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and members of the Al Nahyan family performed funeral prayers at the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed the First Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
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