Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Crown Prince and Deputy Emir, is expected to assume power after the demise of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
Sheikh Nawaf, 83, was temporarily given some of the Emir’s constitutional duties on July 18 when the Emir was admitted to hospital for medical checks. Under Kuwaiti law, in the absence of the Emir, the crown prince is appointed as acting ruler. Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in as crown prince in 2006, after Sheikh Sabah was appointed Emir.
The crown prince and the Emir’s half brother, was previously the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Interior.
After the 1990 invasion of Iraq, Sheikh Nawaf assumed the post of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, which he held until 1992. Between 1994 and 2003, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed the deputy chief of the National Guard.
Sheikh Nawaf played a key role in maintaining the stability and security of the Gulf and played an active role in the meetings of the interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the aim to joining forces against common threats.
Currently, Sheikh Nawaf is the oldest Crown Prince in the world.