Document Number : 309262
Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Arabic: نواف الأحمد الجابر الصباح Nawāf al-ʾAḥmad al-Jābir aṣ-Ṣabāḥ; born 25 June 1937) is the Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces. On 30 September 2020, he succeeded to the throne following the death of his half-brother, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Nawaf had been nominated as Crown Prince on 7 February 2006.
Sheikh Nawaf is one of the most senior serving members of the House of Sabah and has been serving Kuwait for well over 58 years in various responsibilities. At age 25, he was appointed as governor of Hawalli on 21 February 1962 and held the post until 19 March 1978.In 1978, he assumed the post of Minister of Interior and held this post until 26 January 1988 when he was appointed Minister of Defense. Following the liberation of Kuwait in the Gulf War, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed as the acting minister of labour and social affairs on 20 April 1991 and held the post until 17 October 1992.
On 16 October 1994, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed as deputy chief of the Kuwait National Guard and held that post until 2003. The same year, Sheikh Nawaf reassumed the post of minister of the interior until an Amiri Decree was issued on 16 October 2003 assigning him as first Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait and Minister of Interior. Sheikh Nawaf played a vital role in supporting programs that support national unity amongst the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and Arab countries.
With the ascendance of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the leadership of Kuwait on 29 January 2006, an Amiri Decree was issued on 7 February 2006 officially designating Sheikh Nawaf as the Crown Prince. This was contrary to the tradition of the Al-Sabah family, according to which the offices of Emir and Crown Prince are supposed to alternate between the Al-Jaber and Al-Salem branches.
Sheikh Sabah died on 29 September 2020 and Nawaf was announced as the Emir of Kuwait during a meeting of the National Assembly