Kuwait Emir names Sheikh Mishaal as new Crown Prince
He was a close confidant of Sheikh Sabah throughout his tenure, accompanying him on official diplomatic visits.
Kuwait's Deputy Chief of the National Guard, who spent years in the country's security services, was nominated as Crown Prince on Wednesday, the Kuwaiti state news agency reported.
The nomination makes Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah the possible heir apparent to the new Emir, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who was propelled to power following the death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
Before Sheikh Meshal can be officially named Crown Prince, lawmakers must approve the choice during their final session today, ahead of the formation of a new government.
Following the session, Kuwait's parliament will dissolve itself ahead of elections tentatively set for late November.
At age 80, Sheikh Meshal strengthens the royal family's traditional ranks and is widely seen as a conventional and safe choice. While his health status remains unclear, he recently underwent a procedure, according to a Washington Institute for Near-East Policy article from May 2018.
Sheikh Meshal is no newcomer to Kuwaiti government. He was a close confidant of Sheikh Sabah throughout his tenure, accompanying him on official diplomatic visits as well as to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where the emir received medical treatment after surgery and later died.
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