Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, Kuwait's Emir, dies at the age of 91 on Monday, 29th September.
Kuwait's Emir, Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah died on Monday.
Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment in July, which followed surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait, during that month. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah ruled the oil-rich Gulf state for over 14 years, since 2006. While he had overseen the state's foreign policy for more than 50 years. Sheikh Sabah's half-brother, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, has been named his successor by the cabinet.
Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, the new Emir of Kuwait.
The death of the Emir was announced on the state television on Tuesday afternoon with utmost grief and sadness, by Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah, the Minister of Emiri Diwan (Court) Affairs. The cause of death was not disclosed by Sheikh Jarrah. Sheikh Sabah had been dubbed as the "dean of Arab diplomacy" for his sheer efforts to restore relations with states that backed Iraq when Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces, during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The Emir acted as a mediator in the ongoing diplomatic stand-off between Saudi Arabia, its allies, and Qatar along with other regional disputes. Jordan's King Abdullah II mourned for the Emir's death and tweeted in Arabic saying "Today we lost a big brother and a wise and loving leader... who spared no effort for Arab unity." While the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, tweeted: "Sheikh Sabah epitomized wisdom, tolerance, and peace and he was a great pioneer of Gulf cooperation."
The Emir was addressed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as an extraordinary symbol of wisdom and generosity, a messenger of peace, and a bridge-builder. Sheikh Sabah was Mubarak al-Sabah, the founder of modern Kuwait's great-grandson. He was born in 1929 and became Kuwait's foreign minister two years after Britain recognized Kuwait's independence in 1963 while having the coveted position till 1911.
In 1992, he was reappointed as the foreign minister and served until 2003, he was then named prime minister by Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad, who was his half-brother.
After Sheikh Janet's death in 2006, Sheikh Sabah became Kuwait's ruler himself. The Sabah's are openly criticized by the opposition MPs as the emirate's parliament has the most powers of any elected body in the Gulf. The parliament was dissolved and reshuffled several times by Sheikh Sabah.