After the announcement of the death of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, all eyes are on the Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Article 4 of the constitution and Article 1 of the emirate inheritance law stipulate that “Kuwait is a hereditary emirate in the descendants of Mubarak Al-Sabah,” while Article 4 of the emirate inheritance law states that “if the position of the Emir becomes vacant, the Crown Prince shall be called an Emir.”
During the following lines, we shed light on the most prominent information available about Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah:
Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is the half-brother of the late Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the sixth son of the tenth Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (who ruled Kuwait between 1921-1950)
He has held the position of Crown Prince for 14 years, as the Emir issued a decision recommending him on February 7, 2006, a week after the Emir took power, and members of the National Assembly pledged allegiance to him in a special session as stipulated in the country’s constitution.
Sheikh Nawwaf was born on June 25, 1937, in Fareej Al-Shuyoukh (now the site of Al-Muthanna Complex) in Kuwait City, according to the official website of the Crown Prince’s Court.
Sheikh Nawwaf held several political and ministerial positions, beginning with his work as governor of Hawalli since 1962 for sixteen years, then Minister of Interior in 1978, and Minister of Defense in 1988.
When the first Kuwaiti government was formed after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Sheikh Nawwaf was assigned to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, then he became deputy head of the National Guard in 1994, before assuming the position of Minister of Interior again in 2003 until he was recommended as Crown Prince in 2006.
The crown prince had assigned him some of the prince’s duties after he left for treatment in the United States about two months ago.
His CV on the Crown Prince’s Diwan website indicates that he studied in various Kuwaiti schools and that he is married and has four sons and a daughter.
It is expected that the file of foreign relations will be among the top priorities of the new Emir of the country, as the death of the Emir of Kuwait comes at a time when the Gulf region is witnessing major changes. Boycotting Qatar, Kuwait also did not join Bahrain and the UAE in normalizing relations with Israel. The region is also witnessing increasing tension in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.