Supreme Council names Sheikh Mohamed third president
ABU DHABI: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has been elected the country’s new President.
The official announcement followed a meeting in Abu Dhabi of the Rulers of the Emirates.
He becomes the third president in the country’s history following the death of Sheikh Khalifa on Friday.
State news agency Wam reported the decision by the Federal Supreme Council, which is comprised of the Rulers of each emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, offered his congratulations.
“Today, the Federal Supreme Council elected my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as President of the State,” he wrote on Twitter.
“We congratulate him, and we pledge allegiance to him, and our people pledge allegiance to him.”
The council held a meeting at Mushrif Palace, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Present was Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm Al Quwain.
A statement by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was unanimously elected.