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Kuwait announces 40 days of mourning following Emir's demise

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Filed on September 29, 2020 | Last updated on September 29, 2020 at 09.11 pm
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The Kuwait national flag flies at half-mast as the country starts mourning the death of Kuwait's ruling Emir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, in Kuwait City, Kuwait September 29, 2020.

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State television announced his death after playing prayers from the Holy Quran.

Kuwait has announced 40 days of mourning following His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah's death.

His death plunged Kuwait into mourning for a leader regarded by many Gulf Arabs as a savvy diplomatic operator and a humanitarian champion.

State television announced his death after playing prayers from the Holy Quran, with Royal Court Minister Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah reading a brief statement, his hands shaking.

"With great sadness and sorrow, the Kuwaiti people, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the friendly peoples of the world mourn the death of the late His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of the state of Kuwait who moved to the realm of the Lord," the sheikh said.

Kuwait's Cabinet later announced that Sheikh Sabah had been succeeded by his brother, the crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

The high regard for Sheikh Sabah could be seen in the outpouring of support for him across the Mideast as he suddenly fell ill in July 2020, leading to a quick hospitalization and surgery in Kuwait City amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Authorities did not say what ailed him.


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