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UAE president 'suffers stroke'

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

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.

AP

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