United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died, state news agency WAM reported on Friday. He was also ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Under the constitution, Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, will serve as president until the Federal Council, which groups the rulers of the seven emirates, meets within 30 days to elect a new president. .
Born in 1948, Khalifa came to power in 2004 in the wealthiest emirate of Abu Dhabi and became head of state. He is expected to be succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi by his half-brother Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
Mohammed bin Zayed was the de facto ruler of the US-affiliated UAE, especially after Khalifa suffered a stroke in 2014, after which he was rarely seen in public.