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Lt.-Gen. Sheikh Mesha’al Al-Ahmed Al-Jabr Al Sabah and former Governor of Fawarniyah Governorate, Sheikh Faisal Al-Hamoud Al-Malek Sabah – Picture by Sh. Faisal Al-Hamoud Al-Malek Al Sabah’s Office.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait: His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jabr Al Sabah selected his younger half-brother, Lieutenant-General H.E. Sheikh Mesha’al bin Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Sabah (b. 1938) to the position of Crown Prince. 

Sheikh Mesha’al is a son of Kuwait’s tenth ruler, the late Emir Ahmed bin Jabr Al Sabah (reigned from 1921 to 1950). Since 2004 he had served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Kuwait National Guard with the personal rank of minister. He was educated mostly in Kuwait with higher studies pursued in England. He is married, father of four sons and seven daughters. 

Under the constitution, the emir chooses the crown prince, but it is customary for the ruling family to hold a meeting to reach a consensus. The chosen candidate will be submitted to parliamentary approval. On Thursday, 8 October Sheikh Mesha’al swore the oath of office as Kuwait’s heir apparent after parliament approved his nomination from His Highness Emir Nawaf I. 

Previously it was a tradition to alternate the office of emir and that of crown prince between the Al-Ahmed and Al-Salem branches of the House Sabah. Merely male, Muslims descendants of Kuwait’s seventh ruler Mubarak the Great (reigned from 1896 to 1915) are eligible for the throne. 

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Diwan of the Crown Prince of Kuwait

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