Kuwait City: Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Crown Prince and Deputy Emir, will take the constitutional oath in accordance with Article 60 of the Kuwaiti constitution on Wednesday to become the new Emir of Kuwait.
Sheikh Nawaf is the sixth son of the 10th Ruler from the Al Sabah dynasty, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who ruled Kuwait from 1921 to 1950. He was born on June 25, 1937 and was raised in Dasman Palace.
Sheikh Nawaf, 83, was temporarily given some of the Emir’s constitutional duties on July 18 when the Emir was admitted to hospital for medical checks. Under Kuwaiti law, in the absence of the Emir, the crown prince is appointed as acting ruler. Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in as crown prince in 2006, after Sheikh Sabah was appointed Emir.
Sheikh Nawaf was the Emir’s half brother, he assumed his first governmental position on February 21, 1961 as governor of Hawalli Governorate, until March 19, 1978 he was appointedMinister of Defence and on January 26, 1988 Minister of Defence.
After the 1990 invasion of Iraq, Sheikh Nawaf assumed the post of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, which he held until 1992. Between 1994 and 2003, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed the deputy chief of the National Guard.
Sheikh Nawaf played a key role in maintaining the stability and security of the Gulf and played an active role in the meetings of the interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the aim to joining forces against common threats.