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UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dead at 73

By Doug Cunningham
UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dead at 73
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) talks with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on February 28, 2006. The UAE president died Friday. File Photo by Omar Rashidi/Palestinian Authority | License Photo

May 13 (UPI) -- United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died Friday following a long illness. He was 73.

His death was announced in a brief statement on UAE's official news agency WAM.

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The statement quoted a tweet from Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan that said: "Today, we bid farewell to an inspirational leader and President, a brother and a teacher, who led the nation with dedication, laid down the foundation of the UAE's renaissance, and was a role model of morality, kindness and giving. I pray to Allah Almighty to grant Khalifa bin Zayed eternal peace."

Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke in 2014. He was president of the UAE since 2004.

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The Ministry of Presidential Affairs declared a 40-day mourning period.

"Jill and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "Sheikh Khalifa was a true partner and friend of the United States throughout this decades-long tenure as President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and in his earlier role as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

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"On behalf of the American people, I offer my condolences to Sheikh Khalifa's family and all Emiratis as they mourn this great loss. We will honor his memory by continuing to strengthen the longstanding ties between the governments and people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates."

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Sheikh Khalifa was one of the richest monarchs in the world, with his family's fortune estimated at $150 billion.

During his first decade as ruler, both the government and capital of Abu Dhabi went through a major restructuring.

Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum will act as interim president until the federal council, consisting of the rulers of the seven emirates, meets to elect a new president.

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