With new crown prince in place, Kuwaiti leaders turn focus to domestic challenges

Issue 1112 - 15 Oct 2020

Succession politics have moved quickly as the ruling family attempts to project unity in the face of Kuwait’s unsteady future following the death of veteran ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. While the late emir’s son Sheikh Nasser Sabah had been seen by many as the natural choice to become the next crown prince – leveraging his popularity with the public and vision for a non- oil future – new Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah instead chose his own half-brother, Kuwait National Guard deputy commander Sheikh Meshaal as heir apparent.

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