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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away, country to begin 40 days of mourning

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 13, 2022 05:07 PM

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has passed away on Friday. The UAE government has given information by tweeting.

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was the ruler of Abu Dhabi. 40 days of mourning has been kept on his death.

The Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Makhtam will take over as acting President after his death, according to the UAE's constitution. The rulers of the seven emirates will meet over the next 30 days and elect a new president.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was born in 1948 and came to power in 2004 in Abu Dhabi, the richest emirate. He was the second President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of Abu Dhabi. After him, his half-brother Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bina Zayed al-Nahyan could be the next ruler of the emirate.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has condoled his death. He tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the passing of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bina Zayed Al-Nahyan. UAE has lost a visionary leader and Pakistan has lost a great friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of the UAE."

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