61-year-old crown prince of Abu Dhabi becomes new UAE president

The new president was unanimously elected to the post by the Federal Supreme Council of the UAE, consisting of the rulers of the seven emirates. According to the laws of the country, the head of state is elected for five years. Since the founding of the country, this post has belonged to the Emir of Abu Dhabi and is inherited. The President of the UAE also serves as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Supreme Defense Council.

Muhammad bin Zayed became the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi and the entire United Arab Emirates back in 2014 after his older brother suffered a stroke. Since then, Muhammad ibn Zayed took all the major decisions for the relative. May 13 Khalifa ibn Zayed Al Nahyan died at the age of 73 years. On the occasion of the death of the president, the UAE declared forty days of mourning.

The new head of state was born on March 11, 1961 in the city of Al Ain. His father is the first president and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Muhammad ibn Zayed holds the rank of General of the Air Force, graduated from military pilot courses in the United States and the British Military Academy in Sandhurst, and trained in Egypt. He previously served as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Army. Since 1981, he has been married to Salama bint Hamdan ibn Muhammad Al Nahyan, with whom he has five daughters and four sons.

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