Kuwait emir temporarily hands some constitutional duties to crown prince

Kuwait’s crown prince has been asked to carry out some of Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah’s constitutional duties on a temporary basis, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, citing an Emiri decree. Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in his 80s, is the half brother of the emir. Under Kuwait’s constitution, the crown prince… Read More Kuwait emir temporarily hands some constitutional duties to crown prince

Kuwait releases political prisoners under amnesty scheme

Kuwait released a group of prisoners on Sunday pardoned by the emir in an amnesty intended to defuse a political row, including Shi’ite Muslim Kuwaitis convicted in 2016 for spying for Iran and Lebanon’s Iran-allied Hezbollah. The amnesty, which also included former MPs in self-exile abroad, was a key demand of opposition lawmakers locked in… Read More Kuwait releases political prisoners under amnesty scheme

Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah accepts government resignation

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah accepted on Sunday the resignation of the government, state news agency KUNA reported, as the oil-rich country’s rulers seek to end a feud with lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reforms. Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah submitted on November 8 the resignation of his cabinet, formed in March. An… Read More Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah accepts government resignation

Kuwaiti government resigns in bid to end political standoff

Kuwait’s government on Monday submitted its resignation to the ruling emir, Al Qabas and Al Rai newspapers reported, in a move that could help end a standoff with opposition lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reform. It was the second time a government headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah has resigned this year in… Read More Kuwaiti government resigns in bid to end political standoff

Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah launches amnesty process for dissidents

Kuwait’s ruling emir on Wednesday paved the way for an amnesty to pardon dissidents, which has been a major condition of opposition lawmakers to end a months-long standoff with the appointed government that has held up planned fiscal reforms. Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah tasked the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the head of… Read More Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah launches amnesty process for dissidents

Kuwait performs funeral rites for late Emir, names Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah as successor

Kuwait on Wednesday laid to rest late ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, a Gulf Arab elder statesman who helped steer his nation through some of the region’s most turbulent decades, in funeral rites closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. The only leader of fellow Gulf Arab states in attendance was the emir of… Read More Kuwait performs funeral rites for late Emir, names Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah as successor

Kuwait crown prince temporarily assumes some roles following emir’s hospitalization

Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah was admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical checks, and the country’s crown prince will temporarily carry out some of his duties, the state news agency KUNA reported. It said Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled the OPEC oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006, would undergo a… Read More Kuwait crown prince temporarily assumes some roles following emir’s hospitalization