Kuwait King Emir Sheikh Nawaf passes away at 86

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The oil-rich nation of Kuwait is in mourning following the passing of Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who succumbed at the age of 86. The announcement of his demise today, Saturday, the 16th of December 2023, was met with profound sadness expressed by Kuwaiti citizens, the Arab and Islamic nations, and sympathizers worldwide.

In a brief statement, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Sabah, the minister of the emiri court, conveyed the collective grief: “With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn the late His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who passed away to his Lord today.”

The Emir’s declining health had been a concern, notably since his urgent hospitalization in late November due to an undisclosed ailment. Kuwait awaited updates on his condition anxiously. Reports from state-run news revealed that Sheikh Nawaf had previously undergone medical examinations in the United States in March 2021, highlighting prior health concerns.

Kuwait, a small nation situated between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, has witnessed internal power dynamics and struggles within the palace, making the health status of its leaders a delicate matter.

In a message to the new Emir – Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, President Isaias Afwerki expressed his deep sorrow on the passing of Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, & extended Eritrea’s condolences to the people & Government of Kuwait & to the bereaved family of the deceased pic.twitter.com/Gx3Cy2hRVa

— Yemane G. Meskel 🇪🇷 (@hawelti) December 16, 2023

Emir Sheikh Nawaf assumed the role in 2020 after the passing of his predecessor, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, renowned for his diplomatic efforts. Sheikh Nawaf, formerly Kuwait’s interior and defense minister, grappled with domestic challenges, including political disputes and financial constraints affecting the country’s ability to manage debt and meet public sector salaries despite its substantial oil wealth.

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May Allah reward the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah the highest paradise.

A good hearted, humble leader who was also known for praying in the mosques with his citizens and people with no security, guards..etc and was dearly loved by his people 🇰🇼#Kuwait #الكويتpic.twitter.com/U9HHNk8mtV

— ♔ BxciiNG ♔ (@BxciiNG) December 16, 2023

Amidst these challenges, Sheikh Nawaf initiated amnesty decrees for Kuwaiti dissidents in 2021, diffusing government standoffs and focusing on internal issues. Kuwait, known for its freest parliament in the Gulf region, also reestablished ties with GCC states.

The emirate, a crucial U.S. ally hosting American troops and the U.S. Army’s Middle East headquarters, faces an uncertain future following the passing of Sheikh Nawaf.

Details regarding the obituary and funeral arrangements for Emir Sheikh Nawaf will be communicated by the family at a later date.

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