The Kuwaiti Cabinet announced Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Emir of the State of Kuwait, succeeding the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Today, Wednesday, Sheikh Nawwaf will take the constitutional oath before the Kuwaiti National Assembly as the Emir of the country.
The body of the deceased Emir will also arrive in Kuwait today from the United States, while the funeral ceremony will be limited to relatives due to the health situation in the country.
The Kuwaiti cabinet also announced the official mourning of the Emir of the country for a period of 40 days, with official departments closed for a period of 3 days.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office in Kuwait, Saad Al-Saidi, said that the Kuwaiti cabinet held a meeting to discuss arrangements after the death of the deceased, and the ruling family also held a meeting to arrange the ruling house.
Al-Saeedi added that the fourth article of the emirate inheritance law in Kuwait states that if the position of the Emir of the country becomes vacant, the Crown Prince is appointed to the Emir, and if the position of the emirate becomes vacant before appointing a crown prince, the Council of Ministers exercises the powers of the head of state until the emir is chosen.
According to the aforementioned article, the Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawwaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assumes the position of emirate.
On July 18, the late Emir decided that Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf would temporarily assume some of the constitutional prerogatives of the Emir of the country, after the prince was hospitalized for medical examinations.
Last July, the Amiri Diwan had announced that Prince Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had undergone a successful operation, and the deceased had traveled to the United States to complete his treatment after undergoing the operation.
Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Twitter after his meeting with Sheikh Nawwaf that he would take the constitutional oath before the parliament on Wednesday at 11 am local time.
The funeral ceremony
Local media quoted the Amiri Diwan as saying that the body of Prince Sabah will arrive in Kuwait on Wednesday from the United States, where he has been in hospital since his travel to treatment in July after he underwent surgery in the same month in Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) quoted the Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, "In compliance with the requirements of safety and public health, the Amiri Diwan appreciates the feelings of the honorable citizens and residents in expressing their sincere condolences and sincere condolences ... and the Court announces that attendance at the burial ceremony of his pure body will be limited to Only relatives of His Highness. "
Earlier Tuesday, the Amiri Diwan in the State of Kuwait announced the death of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, at the age of 91.
The late Emir is the 15th ruler of the state of Kuwait, and he assumed the reins of power in 2006 after spending 4 decades as Minister of Foreign Affairs, before heading the government in 2003, and he remains in the position until his inauguration as a prince, and the United Nations honored him in 2014 with the title of leader of humanitarian work.
Mourning and mourning
After announcing the news of the death of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, condolences poured in from all over the Arab world, and several countries in the region declared periods of mourning, as the late King of Jordan, Abdullah II, mourned, and said in a tweet, “Today we lost a great brother and a wise leader who loves Jordan, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, may God have mercy on him. He was an exceptional leader and prince of humanity and ethics, who devoted his life to the service of his country and his nation and did not hesitate in his good endeavors to make every effort to unite the Arab ranks.
The Jordanian Royal Court announced mourning for the late Emir of Kuwait in the Hashemite Royal Court for a period of 40 days, starting today.
The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah mourned, and said that the late "was a great leader and leader, and if he was distinguished by wisdom, moderation, farsightedness and good opinion, he devoted his life and effort to serve his country and nation, calling for dialogue, solidarity, unity of Arab ranks and defending His nation's just issues. "
The Emir of Qatar ordered mourning in the country for a period of 3 days, and flags at half-mast.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed his pain at the death of the Emir of Kuwait, describing him as "the screaming voice in regional and international forums in defense of Arab rights in general, and just causes, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a tweet in Arabic, praised Sheikh Sabah for promoting "moderation and balance" in Kuwait and the region.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, also praised the late Emir of Kuwait, describing him as "an extraordinary symbol of wisdom and generosity, a messenger of peace and a conciliator between the conflicting parties."
US President Donald Trump said in a statement that he was saddened by the death of a dear friend, describing Sheikh Sabah as "a strong friend and partner of the United States."
A few days ago, the US President awarded the Order of Military Merit with the rank of Supreme Commander to Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, during a ceremony at the White House.
The Kuwaiti Amiri Diwan said that this honor comes in recognition of the great and tireless efforts and the great role that the Emir of Kuwait has led in the region and the world, and a culmination of the historic and distinguished partnership relations between Kuwait and the United States.
This position, which Sheikh Sabah assumed, is due to his work as Minister of Foreign Affairs for nearly 40 years, which enabled him to play a major role in Kuwait's policies internally and externally.
Sheikh Sabah also contributed to mending the rift through several crises, most notably the Yemeni crisis and the Iraq-Iran war, which enriched his personal experience and made him an acceptable mediator for all parties.
This mediation continued after Sheikh Sabah took power in 2006, until he was named leader of humanitarian work by the United Nations in 2014, a position that no one had preceded in recognition of his humanitarian efforts at all levels.
The late Emir also led mediation to resolve the Gulf crisis that began on June 5, 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed their relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on it.