Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan elected UAE president

In this file photo taken on November 24, 2021 Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan looks on as he attends a signing ceremony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. (File photo: AFP)

DUBAI, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been elected as the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE Federal Supreme Council announced on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohamed, 61, succeeds the late president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away Friday.

The UAE Federal Supreme Council convened on Saturday, a day after the death of Sheikh Khalifa, to elect the president, who will hold office for a five-year term before being eligible for re-election. Sheikh Mohamed was selected from among the members of the council.

Similarly, Sheikh Khalifa was previously declared president of the UAE one day after the passing of his father, UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away on Nov. 2, 2004.