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Saturday 23 August 2014

UAE president 'suffers stroke' and undergoes surgery

Published 25/01/2014 | 14:41

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 file photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), listens to the national anthem during a ceremony with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The state news agency of the United Arab Emirates said Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, the country?s president has suffered a stroke and undergone surgery. (AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Turkish Presidency Press Office, File)
Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), listens to the national anthem during a ceremony with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul in Abu Dhabi, UAE. AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Turkish Presidency Press Office, File)

The president of the United Arab Emirates has suffered a stroke and undergone surgery, according to the country's state news agency.

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The official WAM news agency reported on Saturday that Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is now "stable," citing a statement from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

WAM said that the president suffered the stroke on Friday. It did not elaborate, other than to say: "May God safeguard him and grant him a quick recovery."

Mr Khalifa became president of the UAE in 2004, succeeding his father Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan after his death.

His father was the UAE's first leader after independence in 1971.

Mr Khalifa has used the emirates wealth to make it a regional economic powerhouse.

The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, bears his name.

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