Sheikh Mishal is Kuwait’s new Crown Prince




HH the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday named Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the new Crown Prince, the Amiri Diwan announced. The Al-Sabah family blessed Sheikh Mishal on taking office, wishing him success. According to the constitution, Sheikh Mishal’s appointment will be debated and endorsed by the National Assembly, which is highly expected to approve the move. The Assembly is meeting today to endorse the appointment and allow Sheikh Mishal to take the oath.

British-educated Sheikh Mishal, 80, has been the Deputy Chairman of the National Guard since 2004. He studied at Kuwait University and graduated with a degree from UK’s Hendon Police College in 1960. He became the chief of the general investigations department in 1967 and continued in the post until 1980. The department was changed to the State Security Agency, of which Sheikh Mishal was the first chief.
Sheikh Mishal is the seventh son of the 10th Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Kuwait experts said he had in the past declined offers of senior positions, steering clear of political battles and public-facing roles. He had accompanied late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the United States in July where the late ruler was hospitalized until he passed away.-K.T.