Parliament confirms crown prince in a unanimous vote

Parliament on Monday confirmed the country's new crown prince in a unanimous vote, officially filling all top ruling family jobs following an unprecedented leadership crisis.

All 64 lawmakers and Cabinet ministers, who also have the right to vote, approved Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the brother of the emir as crown prince, making him next in line for the throne.

The ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, chose Sheik Nawwaf as heir apparent shortly after he took over Jan. 29. According to the 1962 constitution, his choice had to be approved by the house.

Before the vote, lawmakers praised Sheik Nawwaf, 68, as a man who is respected by all Kuwaitis, and who has not been criticized for anything that has to do with his conduct or work.

"He is the sheik of morality, the sheik of humility, the sheik of cooperation with parliament," said lawmaker Abdul-Wahab al-Haroun.

Sheik Nawwaf had been interior minister and deputy prime minister in the Cabinet that resigned after Sheik Sabah took power. He had also served as a governor, defense minister, minister of social affairs and labor, and deputy head of the national guards."

Sheik Sabah's accession to the throne was a key step to ending a leadership struggle that broke out within the ruling family after Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah died Jan. 15, leaving an ailing crown prince as heir apparent, reports the AP.


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