The federal supreme council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unanimously elected Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the new president of the country.
His ascension to the position follows the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The council, which is the highest constitutional authority in the UAE, took the decision on Saturday.
On Friday, UAE’s ministry of presidential affairs announced the death of Khalifa, who had been the country’s president since November 2004.
Emirates New Agency, in a report, said the decision to elect Mohammed was based on Article 51 of the country’s constitution.
“The federal supreme council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as president of the United Arab Emirates,” the news agency said.
“The council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”
The development means that Mohamed is the third president of the UAE since the formation of the union in 1971.
Mohamed was born on March 11, 1961. He became the crown prince of Abu Dhabi in November 2004.
He assumed the acting president role of UAE in 2014 after the late Khalifa suffered a stroke and had a surgical operation.