Thu 04-11-2004 05:58 AM
Khalifa elected new UAE President
Khalifa elected new UAE President ABU DHABI, Nov. 3, 2004 (WAM): HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, was elected unanimously this evening by the UAE Supreme Council as the new President of the United Arab Emirates.
A statement issued by the Office of the President said: "The Supreme Council of Rulers of the United Arab Emirates met at Bateen Palace, Abu Dhabi, this evening. The meeting was chaired by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and was attended by Their Highnesses the Supreme Council members and Rulers of the Emirates, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, HH Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ra's al-Khaimah, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman, and HH Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla, Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain." "The Supreme Council decided unanimously to elect HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the President of the United Arab Emirates, to succeed the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in accordance with Article 51 of the UAE Constitution." "The Supreme Council members emphasised their keen desire to be loyal to the principles of leadership and the values of justice and right laid down by HH Sheikh Zayed." The Supreme Council also expressed its full confidence that the people of the United Arab Emirates will continue to be the guardians of the UAE federation and of its achievements at all levels." "President HH Sheikh Khalifa expressed his appreciation for the trust and confidence shown in him by his colleagues and brothers, the Rulers of the Emirates. He stressed that he was determined to continue to adhere to, and to work in accordance with, the guidelines laid down by the founder of the UAE federation, in co-operation and co-ordination with his colleagues, the members of the Supreme Council, so as to continue to foster the progress of the federation and of all that will contribute to its stability and prosperity, as well as to the welfare of its people." "The Supreme Council pledged that it would continue to follow the path laid down by HH Sheikh Zayed. It expressed its hopes for the success of President HH Sheikh Khalifa, and its hopes that he might enjoy the support of Almighty God in the post he has now assumed." WAM/MA-PH 21 57 CCCCQQE