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Kuwait Mourns: Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Passes Away at 86

Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, died on Monday at the age of 86. His death was announced by Kuwait’s state-owned media agency, KUNA. Sheikh Nawaf had been in power for 15 years, taking over the reigns of the oil-rich Gulf nation in 2006. He was known to be deeply religious and passionate about his country, and he was respected for his leadership and commitment to his people. Sheikh Nawaf had been in failing health for some time and had undergone several hospital visits in recent months. His death has left the nation in a state of mourning. Sheikh Nawaf was born in 1937 and was the eldest son of the late Sheikh Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. He was educated in Britain, where he also attended Sandhurst Military Academy. In his time as Amir, Sheikh Nawaf made improvements to Kuwait’s infrastructure and championed economic development efforts. He also made it a priority to strengthen the nation’s defense capabilities and create a strong national army. Sheikh Nawaf was widely beloved for his generosity, and during his time in power, he oversaw many welfare initiatives. He created a fund to pay the tuition fees of those admitted to universities in Kuwait and abroad, and he also supported various charities. Sheikh Nawaf was succeeded by his brother, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was sworn in as Kuwait’s Emir on Tuesday. In his inaugural address, he praised Sheikh Nawaf for being a “compassionate leader” and an “inspiring figure.” The death of Sheikh Nawaf marks the end of an era for the people of Kuwait. He will be remembered as a statesman, a humanitarian, and a devoted leader who was beloved by his people for his kindness and his commitment to building and improving the nation.