ANKARA: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as the new president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported, citing state news agency WAM.

"The Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President," WAM said in a brief Twitter post.

The move came one day after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died Friday at the age of 73.

For his part, UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum pledged allegiance to the incoming president.

"Today, the Federal Supreme Council elected my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as President of the State," Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the ruler of Dubai, posted on Twitter.

"We congratulate him, and we and our people pledge allegiance to him," he added.