Following the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Tuesday, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah was appointed the new emir of Kuwait by the country’s cabinet to succeed his brother.
Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf becomes the new Emir of Kuwait, this cabinet announcement was read on state television. According to the constitution of the Arab Gulf State, the Crown Prince automatically becomes the new Emir of Kuwait and will have all powers after being sworn in in parliament.
It is worth mentioning here that the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, died on Tuesday, September 29, after a long illness at the age of 91. The monarch had ruled Kuwait for almost 15 years.
In early July, Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah went to the US for his medical treatment after surgery for an unidentified condition.
In January 2006, Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah came to power after Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah resigned shortly after nine days of rule.
Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah also served as Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1991 and from 1992 to 2003.
It is pertinent to mention here that for the past 260 years, Kuwait has been ruled by the Sabah family.