Egyptian grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb. AFP
The UAE’s Federal Supreme Council elected Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, the third son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, as the UAE president one day after the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.
In a Facebook post, El-Tayyeb said he can “feel the great affliction of my dear brother, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, due to the loss of his brother and backbone, Sheikh Khalifa; may God have mercy on him.”
El-Tayyeb prayed to God to give the new UAE president more strength and grant him success in “following the path of his wise father in serving his country, religion and nation and spreading justice and good everywhere”.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the half brother of the late Sheikh Khalifa, is the third president of the UAE. He has been the crown prince of Abu Dhabi since 2004.
Egypt has announced a three-day mourning period since Friday as Sheikh Khalifa died after a long struggle with illness at the age of 73.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi headed to Abu Dhabi to offer his condolences over the death of Sheikh Khalifa. El-Sisi also congratulated Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on his election as the new president.
El-Sisi wished success to the new Emirati president, encouraging him to “continue the path of development and prosperity for the Gulf country as well as complementing the rational policies and prosperity attained by the country’s former presidents Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed.”