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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa dies at 73

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was one of the richest monarchs in the world. Photo: Reuters

The President of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan has died at the age of 73.

A report by the BBC said the news of his death was announced by the official WAM news agency.

Sheikh Khalifa was president of the UAE since 2004, but his role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke in 2014.

His half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, is now in charge of state affairs.

The al-Nahyan family is believed to have a fortune of $150bn (£123bn).

As well as being president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the seven emirates which comprise the UAE.

Editing by Abdullahi Lamino