UAE president in stable condition after stroke
Abu Dhabi, January 25, 2014
The UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayn has undergone surgery after a stroke and is in a stable condition, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.
It quoted the presidential affairs ministry as saying Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke early on Friday which "required doctors to perform surgery", adding his condition has since stabilised. It gave no further details.
Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa is known as a pro-Western moderniser whose low-key approach helped steer the emirates through a tense era in regional politics.
He came to power after the death of his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, in 2004. He is the eldest of Sheikh Zayed's 19 sons.
Analysts say the popular leader has helped maintain the ruling family's ties with important clans and leaders of the other emirates, helping the UAE manage the fall-out from Dubai's debt crisis in 2009, and has tried to balance ties with countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US.-Reuters