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Kuwait’s 91-Year-Old Emir in U.S. for Post Surgery Treatment

  • Crown prince has assumed some of ruler’s duties and functions
  • Unconfirmed reports say emir will be treated at Mayo Clinic
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-SabahPhotographer: Alex Edelman/Pool via Bloomberg
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Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah arrived in the U.S. on Thursday for post-operative medical care after leaving his constitutionally designated heir to help run the key energy producer.

Sheikh Sabah was accompanied to Kuwait airport by Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the emir’s 83-year-old half-brother who has temporarily assumed some of his functions and duties, according to state-run KUNA. Another of the ruler’s siblings, deputy chief of the National Guard Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, traveled with him. The emir is in stable condition, KUNA reported on his arrival to the U.S.