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Crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah becomes Kuwait’s new ruling emir

Crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah becomes Kuwait’s new ruling emir
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah

Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation’s new ruling emir Tuesday night, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services.Sheikh Nawaf, 83, had served as the crown prince since 2006, jumping a traditional order of alternating rule between the Al Jaber and the Al Salim branches of the country’s ruling family.While his taking of the throne came as prescribed by Kuwait’s constitution, there likely will be negotiations behind the scenes in the weeks ahead over who will become the country’s next crown prince.Sheikh Nawaf “may provide a welcome respite of unity in transition,” wrote Kristin Smith Diwan, a scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “Yet, 83 years old and without any clear national program, his reign is unlikely to deter the sharp competition already underway to claim the title of his successor.”State television carried an address by Anas Khalid al-Saleh, Kuwait’s interior minister and deputy Prime Minister, announcing Sheikh Nawaf had taken the position just hours after Sheikh Sabah’s death.

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