Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91

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According to official media reports, Sheikh Sabah’s emir Ahmed Al-Sabah died in Kuwait at the age of 91.

Sabah, following an unspecified condition, was flown to the United States in July for medical treatment after a surgery. Dubbed as the “dean of Arab diplomacy” Sheikh Sabah had ruled the Arab country since 2006 and had commandeered its foreign policy for the past 50 years. 

Sheikh Sabah earned the title “dean of Arab diplomacy” for his efforts to restore relations with states that had thrown their weight behind Iraq during the 1990-91 Gulf War. 

He came to power after Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah (Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah) was expelled from the Kuwaiti parliament for health reasons just nine days after taking the new position of Emir.

During his tenure as Prime Minister of Kuwait, Emil Sheikh Jaber Ahmed Jaber Al-Sabah was considered by many to be the de facto ruler of an oil-rich country.

From 1963 to 1991 and from 1992 to 2003, he was also Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Sabah family has ruled Kuwait for the past 260 years.

The emirate’s position in Kuwait is very strong as it can order the dissolution and oppression of parliament and also hold elections.

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