Kuwait’s ruler dies at the age of 86.


The Emir of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, died on Saturday at the age of 86, according to state media.

Emir of Kuwait Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died at the age of 86. (Pics Credits: Gulf News)

 

The Emir of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, died on Saturday at the age of 86, according to state media. The cause of the Emir’s death has not been disclosed to the public. “With great sadness and sorrow, we — the Kuwaiti people, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the friendly peoples of the world — mourn the late His Highness the emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who passed away to his Lord today,” said Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah, minister of his emiri court, in a statement broadcast on state television.

Before reporting the death of Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti state television interrupted its usual broadcast with Koranic verses.

After the death of former Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Saturday (Dec 16), Kuwait named Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah as its new Emir. Sheikh Meshal is the late Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf’s half brother.

Who was Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Sheikh Nawaf was born in 1937, the fifth son of Kuwait’s ruler from 1921 until 1950, Sheikh Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He began his political career as governor of Hawalli province at the age of 25, a position he held until 1978, when he began a decade as interior minister.

Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was appointed crown prince by his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in 2006. When his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah, died in September 2020 at the age of 91, he took over as Kuwait’s Emir. Sheikh Nawaf has also served as the Defence Minister of Kuwait.

Sheikh Mishal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy ruler and another half-brother, is the current crown prince, and he is 83 years old.

Critics in the Western media interpreted the appointment of Sheikh Mishal, now 83 — possibly the world’s oldest crown prince — as a sign that Kuwait would defy the Gulf’s ruling families’ trend towards generational change in favour of a risk-averse oligarchal rule committed to continuity.

Furthermore, under Sheikh Nawaf and his Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal, Kuwait remained more closely aligned with the regional giant, Saudi Arabia.

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