Who is Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmed?

The late leader of Kuwait who served his country for over 60 years: Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmed

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Who is Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmed?

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, who died this morning, left a deep mark on the political life of his country despite his short time as emir and his health problems. A year after coming to power in September 2020, the Emir was forced to delegate some constitutional powers to his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal al-Ahmad, on November 16, 2021.

In a statement read by Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Isa Al-Qandari, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers announced that the Council of Ministers has accepted Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad as Emir, in accordance with the provisions of the fourth article of the constitution. Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber, who passed away, was appointed Emir on September 29, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of the Kuwaiti Constitution.

Local issues occupied the late Emir of Kuwait’s greatest attention during his short time as the country’s Emir. In addition to the emergencies the world has witnessed arising from the spread of the coronavirus, the late emir worked on directing the relevant authorities to make diligent efforts to limit the repercussions of the virus on the country.

He noted that Kuwait’s strength lies in the unity of its people and its progress and development depends on solidarity, unity, dedication and sincerity in its work.

Kuwait’s 16th leader

Sheikh Nawaf’s coronation as the country’s Emir comes after nearly 58 years of political work, during which he held various positions, including Minister of Interior, Defense, Social Affairs and Labor, as well as Deputy Commander of the National Guard, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

Sheikh Nawaf was close to his late brother Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah during his 14 years as Crown Prince. He was named crown prince by the then emir on February 7, 2006.

Born in 1937, Nawaf al-Ahmad is the sixth son of Kuwait’s 10th ruler, Sheikh Ahmed al-Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah, and half-brother to two of Kuwait’s rulers. Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad (13th ruler of Kuwait between 1977 and 2006) and Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad (15th emir of Kuwait between 2006 and 2020).

In 1962, Nawaf served as governor of the city of Hawalli in the east of the country, just south of the capital Kuwait. He made great efforts in the development of the city he governed and took office as Minister of Interior in 1978. He took office as Minister of Interior in 1978. Described as the spiritual father of the security forces and the real founder of the Ministry of Interior, Nawaf served as the Minister of Interior twice, 1978-1988 and 2003-2006.


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