United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died on Friday at the age of 73 while government announced 40 days of mourning across the country.
The UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs also announced a three day suspension of work in all government and private offices and sectors, starting from today (Friday). The ministry also ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff across the gulf state.
Sheikh Khalifa, who was born in 1948, succeeded his father and the UAE’s founder Sheikh Zayed in 2004 and became head of state.
There has been no immediate announcement about a successor, but his brother Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, is in line to take over the president post. Based on UAE constitution, Vice President and Premier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum would assume position as an acting president for 30 days until the election of a new president.
Sheikh Khalifa has been out of public view for many years after he suffered a stroke, and kept him away from political activities.
® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.