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KUWAIT’S NEW CROWN PRINCE SWORN IN AT PAR­LIA­MENT

- Middle East News · Politics · Kuwait City · Crown · Kuwait · National Assembly of South Africa · United States of America · Air National Guard · Washington · Khaled Mashal

A FP, 08T H OC TO BE R, 2020- Kuwait’s new crown prince, Sheikh Me­shal al-ah­mad al-jaber Al-sabah, took his oath of of­fice be­fore par­lia­ment on Thurs­day, af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by his half-brother, the new emir.

Sheikh Me­shal, 80, a long-serv­ing top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial, was unan­i­mously ap­proved by the Na­tional Assem­bly.

He swore to “de­fend the lib­er­ties, in­ter­ests and prop­er­ties of the peo­ple” and to safe­guard the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence and in­tegrity.

Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-ah­mad Al-sabah, was ap­pointed on Septem­ber 30 af­ter his own half-brother, Sheikh Sabah al-ah­mad Al-sabah, died at the age of 91 while be­ing treated in hos­pi­tal in the US.

Sheikh Me­shal, 80, has been deputy chief of the Kuwait Na­tional Guard since 2004, largely stay­ing out of the po­lit­i­cal scene and away from dis­putes within the royal fam­ily.

His ap­point­ment, rather than the se­lec­tion of a next-gen­er­a­tion can­di­date, is seen as a con­ser­va­tive choice that pro­vides much­needed con­ti­nu­ity.

“It’s also a con­ser­va­tive se­lec­tion in terms of rul­ing fam­ily pol­i­tics. It avoids choos­ing among pub­lic ri­vals,” Kristin Di­wan of the Arab Gulf States In­sti­tute in Washington said in a tweet.

“It avoids the tran­si­tion to the next gen­er­a­tion.” In re­cent years, the rul­ing fam­ily has been ex­pos­ing its dif­fer­ences, with lurid ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion and po­lit­i­cal con­spir­a­cies fly­ing be­tween some of its mem­bers.

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