Offbeat Kuwait inducts its new Emir

17:15  30 september  2020
17:15  30 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Kuwait has sworn in its new emir , Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to receive the body of his half-brother, the late ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah who died in the United States at the age of 91. The body of Sheikh Sabah, an acclaimed diplomat and mediator who ruled for 14 years, is

Kuwait ’s new leader, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 83, has taken the reins of one of the world’s wealthiest countries as it faces a financial While Kuwait ’s oil and foreign policy is unlikely to change, its domestic political landscape could be redrawn under the new leadership, particularly if

Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah devient émir du Koweït à 83 ans. © YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah becomes Emir of Kuwait at 83 years old.

Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah succeeds his half-brother, who died Tuesday, September 29 in the United States. He thus takes the reins of this rich Gulf oil country.

Sheikh Sabah's body arrived at Kuwait on Wednesday. He who is considered the architect of modern Kuwait's foreign policy died Tuesday, September 29, , Minnesota, United States, at the age of 91.

His half-brother Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah succeeds him and therefore becomes emir of this rich oil country of the Gulf . So far the crown prince, the new emir, 83, was sworn in in parliament earlier as Kuwait entered a 40-day period of national mourning.

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Kuwait on Wednesday swore in its new emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who pledged to preserve the country’s unity and stability. The 83-year-old Sheikh Nawaf, the former crown prince of Kuwait , succeeds his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who died Tuesday at the age of

In this file photo taken on January 19, 2014 Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Jaber Al Sabah arrives to attend the 20th conference of the Arab inter-parliamentary union (AIPU) in Kuwait City. Image Credit: AFP.

"The precious trust that the people of Kuwait has placed in us will be preserved like the apple of our eyes," said, visibly moved, after taking the oath.

Sheikh Nawaf, who has held high office for decades in this OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) member country, takes over as Kuwait faces the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis, which triggered a sharp drop in oil prices and serious economic consequences for the Gulf States.

Born in 1937, Sheikh Nawaf is the fifth son of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who ruled Kuwait from 1921 until his death in 1950.

Appointed Crown Prince in 2006, he had previously served as Minister of Defense in 1990 at the time of the invasion of the emirate by Iraqi forces. The Gulf War ended in 1991 with the intervention of the United States at the head of an international military coalition.

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Kuwait ’s new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Sunday met senior US, Iranian and Gulf officials who separately paid their respects over the death Kuwait has its closest but most complex relationship with Saudi Arabia, which on Thursday sent an adviser to King Salman, who had surgery

Indian Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Jaber Al Sabah, during a meeting, in Kuwait . Image Credit: PTI.

New People's Emir

After the liberation of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf was Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, before assuming the presidency of the National Guard in 1994. He returned to the government as Minister of the Interior in 2003.

The new emir is popular within the ruling family and he would have been a consensus choice.

Sheikh Sabah's son as well as former Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, a heavyweight in Kuwaiti politics, figure prominently to be named crown prince.

Analysts do not expect major political changes during the reign of the new emir, as the Gulf was marked in mid-September by the conclusion of an normalization agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, both members with Kuwait of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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