After the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Tuesday, the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah was named the new Kuwait’s emir by the country’s cabinet to succeed after his brother.
The announcement of the cabinet was read out on the state television. Under the Gulf Arab State’s constitution, the Crown Prince automatically becomes the new emir of Kuwait and will have all the powers after taking an oath in the parliament.
It should be mentioned here that Kuwait’s emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died on Tuesday, 29th September after a long illness at the age of 91. The monarch had ruled over Kuwait for nearly 15 years.
Earlier in July, Sheikh Sabah went to the US for medical treatment following surgery for an unidentified condition.
In January 2006, Sheikh Sabah came to power after Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah stepped down soon after nine days into his rule.
Sheikh Sabah had also served as Kuwait’s Foreign Minister 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.