All Round View(Peshawar): Kuwait’s new Emir took sworn on Wednesday in at parliament as the Country lay to rest the late ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, who helped steer the US allied Gulf state through some of the Middle East’s most turbulent decades.
The cabinet swiftly named designated successor crown prince sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah as ruler on Tuesday following the death of Sheikh Sabah 91, whose body is to arrive in Kuwait on Wednesday from the United States where he had been hospitalized since July.
Nawaf, 83, pledged to work for the OPEC member country’s prosperity, stability and security after taking the oath of office raising both hands to his head as law makers applauded.
The funeral is only restricted to ruler family as due to Covid-19.
“We honestly feel like we are going to get lost without his guidance” said Fajer, a Kuwaiti woman.
Sheikh Nawaf takes the reins of the small nation, which holds the worlds seventh largest oil reserves , at a time when the Government is trying to boost the finances of the country , whose citizens enjoy a cradle-to-grave welfare system.
Kuwait’s oil, investment and foreign policy is not expected to change.
Nawaf lacks his brothers experience as a conciliator and is likely to focus on domestic matters such as choosing a crown prince who can build consensus in the ruler family and work with a parliament that has often clashed with the Government and hindered economic reform efforts, diplomats and analysts says.