Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has been named the Amir of Kuwait after the passing of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khalid Nasser Al-Saleh announced in a statement, on behalf of the Cabinet, following the extraordinary meeting held Tuesday under the chairmanship of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah.
Pursuant to the provisions of the constitution, and Article (4) of Law No. 4 of 1964, the Cabinet calls upon the Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, as the Amir of the State of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs said in a statement.
In a statement reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Cabinet expressed its sorrow and commiserations over the passing of the late Amir HH Sheikh Sabah , describing him as a "virtuous father, patron and leader of humanitarianism".
The Cabinet said that the late Amir died in the United States at 4pm (Kuwait time), adding that the late Amir's passing follows a "glorious legacy of sacrifice, generosity, accomplishments and commitment to principles and ideals in the service of his country and Arab and Islamic nations".
The statement went on to mention that Sheikh Sabah was known to have "stood in support of justice, peace and human dignity, wherever that may have been.
"With his passing, Kuwait, the Arab and Islamic regions and humanity as a whole, have lost a distinguished icon," the statement said.
The late ruler made "unforgettable contributions" in support of humanity, and is responsible for envisaging a new school of thought in diplomacy, it added.
The Cabinet prays for the success of the new ruler in his efforts to ensure the security and growth of the country, added the statement.
Kuwait announced an official 40 days of mourning and an official three-day holiday following passing away of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.