Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Kuwait’s head of state, has passed away at the age of 91. The death of the emir, who has been struggling with health problems for a long time, was announced on state television on Tuesday.
Emir Sabah had been in the United States since July for treatment of an unspecified medical problem.
While the Emir was in the United States for treatment, Crown Prince and half-brother Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah fulfilled his duties. He informed the cabinet on September 14 about the health of the head of state, which he said was improving.
The 83-year-old Nawaf is expected to assume the duties of the Emir and appoint a new crown prince. This must be done with the approval of the elderly family members as well as the parliament.
Emir Sabah ruled Kuwait since 2006 and was known as a moderate leader. Kuwait is an important US ally and has previously tried to mediate in the conflict between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
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