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Mikati declares three days of national mourning following death of UAE president


Mikati declares three days of national mourning following death of UAE president

UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died at the age of 73 on May 13, 2022. (Credit: Jamal Saidi/Reuters)

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday declared three days of national mourning following the death of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Here’s what we know:

    • During the mourning period from Friday to Sunday, flags will be flown at half-mast on all public buildings and television and radio programs will have to be modified, although Mikati’s statement did not specify the exact modifications required.

    • President Michel Aoun offered his condolences for the loss of Al-Nahyan whom he dubbed the “honest brother who loved Lebanon and the Lebanese” and “defended rightful Arab causes.” Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi described Al Nahyan in his condolences as a “whitehanded man and a leader loyal to his country.”

    • Al Nahyan oversaw his country's meteoric rise on the international scene over the past two decades. Rarely seen in public since a stroke in January 2014, he is expected to be replaced shortly by his half-brother, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammad bin Zayed, known as “MBZ,” who has long been considered the de facto ruler of the country and has international renown.


BEIRUT — Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday declared three days of national mourning following the death of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the state-run National News Agency reported.Here’s what we know:    • During the mourning period from Friday to Sunday, flags will be flown at half-mast on all public buildings and television and radio...