Kuwait’s latest political ructions have brought down the curtain on Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah’s eight-year run as prime minister amid what appears to be a bold leadership gambit by Emir Sabah al-Sabah’s son. Parliamentary elections are due next year, while health concerns over both the Emir and Crown Prince raise questions over the succession process.

Amid a major corruption scandal, the Emir appointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah – previously foreign minister – as the new prime minister. The new PM is from the same branch of the royal family as his predecessor, and will now begin the process of appointing a new government. (CONTINUED - 1074 WORDS)