The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has made a public statement stating that rumours about the health of the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, are untrue.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan took the extraordinary step this week after information began circulating on social media sites in the UAE last weekend calling for people to pray for the President, who has not been seen publicly since suffering a stroke earlier this year.
The Crown Prince was quoted by state news agency WAM as saying that news on social media sites about the President’s health were “mere rumours” and Sheikh Khalifa’s health was “fine”.
Sheikh Khalifa had emergency surgery after a stroke in January. Little is known about the 66-year-old’s condition, which Sheikh Mohammed called “stable and reassuring” in February.
Sheikh Khalifa became President of the UAE in 2004, succeeding his father Sheikh Zayed after his death. Next in line to succeed him is Sheikh Mohammed, his half-brother.