Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad attends the the Arab inter-parliamentary union in Kuwait City. File/ AFP
Kuwait's new ruler, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad al-Sabah, took the oath of office in parliament on Wednesday, pledging to work for the Gulf Arab state's prosperity and stability and calling for uniting ranks in the face of challenges.
Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad al-Sabah was named Emir by the country's cabinet to succeed his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who died on Tuesday.
Under the Gulf Arab state's constitution the crown prince automatically becomes emir and assumes power after taking oath in parliament.
Sheikh Nawaf is the half brother of Sheikh Sabah.
The Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 83, stepped in as partial ruler as soon as the palace announced the demise of Sheikh Sabah.The 83-year-old Sheikh Nawaf is an elder statesman who has held high office for decades including the defence and interior ministries.
Sheikh Nawaf assumed the post of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, which he held until 1992.
Sheikh Nawaf also held the post of the deputy chief of the National Guard between 1994 and 2003.
Sheikh Nawaf played an active role in maintaining the stability and security in the Gulf.
There was no immediate official announcement of the succession process but diplomats have said they expect Sheikh Nawaf to assume power as heir in a smooth transition.
A succession is not expected to affect oil policy or foreign investment strategy through the Kuwait Investment Authority, one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds. Oil policy is set by the Supreme Petroleum Council, appointed by the emir.
The new emir's choice of crown prince and prime minister — who would be tasked with managing the government's often difficult relationship with parliament —- will be watched closely.
Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Wednesday named Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad, deputy head of the country's National Guard, as crown prince of the US-allied OPEC member state.
The elections come at a time when the wealthy OPEC member state is facing a liquidity crisis caused by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, and the government is trying to boost state finances to plug a budget deficit.
A Kuwait government Airbus A340 carrying his remains from the United States landed in the capital, where roads were cleared to allow passage of a convoy to the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque for funeral prayers.
He was arrested and legal measures were taken against him, and he was referred to the Public Prosecution.
Visitors to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will have the opportunity to view a valuable set of rare books and manuscripts that date back to ancient times.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Gulf citizen to three months in jail on charges of laying hold on a vehicle that belonged to his wife after forging the latter’s signature on a registration certificate issued by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).