Kuwait’s new emir has been named as the late Emir’s half-brother, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to the Kuwaiti government today.
In a statement, the Government of Kuwait said they pray for the success of the new ruler.[getty src=”2361745″ width=”380″ height=”594″]
He was expected to succeed his brother as he had served as the Crown Prince of Kuwait since 2006. He had temporarily taken over some of the constitutional duties of the Emir when his brother entered hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness on 18 July.
Sheikh Nawaf is 83 and married to Sharifa Sulaiman Al-Jasem. They had five children.
The late Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died at the age of 91. An official statement was read out on national television on Tuesday. He died in a hospital in the United States.
“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn … the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait,” said Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, the minister in charge of royal affairs.
Kuwait is now in a 40-day mourning period.