The Emir of Kuwait transfers some drawings to the Crown Prince
Dubai – The Royal Family Secretariat announced on Monday that Kuwait has temporarily handed over to its Crown Prince some constitutional duties to the ruling emir, without explaining why the transfer was necessary.
The brief statement published by the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) was satisfied that the government issued an order to the Crown Prince to assume some of the duties of the 84-year-old ruling Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. In the past, the royal office took this step due to the deteriorating health of the ruler.
Last year, when the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah underwent surgery, the crown prince of the oil-rich country temporarily assumed some of his powers. Kuwait’s Ministry of Information did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Given Sheikh Nawaf’s age, the move raises concerns about his health. State-run news earlier said he traveled to the US for unspecified medical exams in March. The health of Kuwait’s leaders remains a sensitive issue in the small Middle Eastern country that has seen internal power struggles behind palace doors.
The decree comes at a precise time for the chiefdom. The government resigned last week as tensions escalated between parliament and the government. The emir issued a long-awaited pardon for dozens of dissidents in self-exile.
With a population of 4.1 million, which is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey, Kuwait has the sixth largest known oil reserves in the world. It has been a staunch ally of the United States since the 1991 Gulf War expelled Saddam Hussein’s occupying Iraqi forces.
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