…His half brother and crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf named as successor
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91 in US where he travelled to since August 6 for medical treatment.
The Minister of Royal Court Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah who announced the emir’s death on state TV said,
“With sincere sadness, Kuwait, its people, the people of the Arab and Muslim world, and the people of the world offer their condolences for the death of Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, may God forgive him,”
Sabah was born in 1929 around the time of the formation of the modern Kuwaiti state, and is a member of the country’s royal family. For 40 years, he served as foreign minister, later becoming prime minister before he was named the country’s monarch in 2006.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described the late emir as an extraordinary symbol of “wisdom and generosity,” a messenger of peace and a bridge builder.
The Secretary-General added that Sabah was always in the “first line of mobilizing the international community in acts of solidarity with those in need.”
“Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman received with great sadness and great sorrow the news of the death of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
Jordan has declared 40 days of mourning. “Today we lost a great brother and a wise leader who loves Jordan,” the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah, tweeted. “(He) did not hesitate in his benevolent endeavors to make every effort to unite the Arab ranks.”
In a related development, the half brother of the late emir and crown Prince, Shaykh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has been appointed new emir of Kuwait.
National Assembly Speaker, Marzouq Al Ghanim, said: “The National Assembly will hold a special session on Wednesday at 11am (12pm UAE time), during which Sheikh Nawaf will take the constitutional oath in accordance with Article 60 of the Kuwaiti constitution.”
Sheikh Nawaf was the Emir’s half brother, and held previously the position of Minister of Defence and the Minister of Interior.
After the 1990 invasion of Iraq, Sheikh Nawaf assumed the post of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, which he held until 1992. Between 1994 and 2003, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed the deputy chief of the National Guard.
Sheikh Nawaf played a key role in maintaining the stability and security of the Gulf and played an active role in the meetings of the interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the aim to joining forces against common threats.
Currently, Sheikh Nawaf is the oldest Crown Prince in the world.