Crown Prince of Kuwait assumes after hospitalization of the emir

Crown Prince of Kuwait assumes after hospitalization of the emir

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The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah (right) and the Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah, after the opening session of the 11th legislature of the Kuwaiti Parliament on October 30, 2007.

The crown prince of Kuwait, Nawaf al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah, assumed “some constitutional jurisdictions” on a “temporary” basis this Saturday (18.07.2020) after the 91-year-old emir of the country was hospitalized to undergo a medical checkup, reported the state news agency KUNA.

“A royal order was issued to assign the crown prince to take over some constitutional jurisdictions of His Highness, the emir, on a temporary basis,” said the Minister of Diwan Affairs (Advisory Council), Sheik Jarrah al Sabah, in a statement released by the state agency KUNA.

The source did not provide further details on the functions to be performed by Jaber al Sabah, who was named crown prince in 2006 and is the brother of Kuwait’s emir, Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah.

The 90-year-old Kuwaiti emir was hospitalized for a medical check-up after having recently suffered several health crises, KUNA reported, adding that the ruler “is in good health.”

In September 2019, the emir traveled to the United States, one of Kuwait’s main western allies, and suffered a health problem that was not given details and that forced him to change his agenda, even suspending a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The emir returned to his country after undergoing “successful” health tests and official Kuwaiti media released photographs of the ruler with a nose probe, although it is unknown whether the nonagenarian ruler suffers from any disease.

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