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State-run WAM news agency said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected by the Federal Supreme Council.
The UAE’s long-time de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as president on Saturday a day after the death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa.
State-run WAM news agency said Sheikh Mohammed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council after years of calling the shots behind the scenes, while his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa was sidelined due to ill health.
Abu Dhabi, which holds most of the Gulf state’s oil wealth, has been owned by Sheikh Khalifa’s father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan since 1971. Al Nahyan) has held the presidency since the establishment of the UAE Federation.