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Kuwait's 91-year-old emir undergoes 'successful surgery'

Kuwait's crown prince Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah stepped in as partial ruler on Saturday

Kuwait's 91-year-old emir undergoes 'successful surgery'

The 91-year-old ruler had been admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical tests.


Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah underwent a “successful surgery” Sunday morning, state-run Kuwait News Agency reported.

The 91-year-old ruler had been admitted to hospital on Saturday for medical tests.

Kuwait's crown prince Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah stepped in as partial ruler on Saturday, state news agency KUNA said.

"The crown prince (Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah) is to temporarily execute certain prerogatives of the emir," his half-brother, the head of state's office announced, quoted by KUNA.

In September 2019, Sheikh Sabah underwent medical tests shortly after arriving in the United States, leading to a meeting with President Donald Trump being called off.

The emir had his appendix removed in 2002, two years after having a pacemaker implanted. In 2007, he underwent urinary tract surgery in the United States.

(With Bloomberg)

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