New Crown Prince of Kuwait Takes Oath
Sheik Meshaal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, 80, was appointed crown prince yesterday by the new Emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
Today, his nomination was unanimously approved by parliament, and he was sworn in.
The previous Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, passed away on September 29 at the age of 91. The then Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, succeeded him as the new Emir.
He was then allowed to appoint a new crown prince and chose his half-brother Sheikh Meshaal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
Today, the Emir’s choice was unanimously approved by parliament, and the 80-year-old Meshaal is officially the new Crown Prince of Kuwait.
Sheikh Meshaal started his career at the Ministry of the Interior. In 1967 he headed the General Investigation Service, which he transformed into the State Security Service in 1980.
Since 2004, he has also served as Deputy Commander in Chief of the Kuwait National Guard, an elite corps responsible for defending the emirate’s territory and independent of the regular Kuwaiti military.