The hospitalization this week of Kuwait’s 91-year old Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah has sparked concern over a looming succession in the emirate. Some roles were temporarily handed over to Crown Prince Nawaf, leading to conjecture over the severity of his illness. Following his hospitalization, the Emir left for the US to recuperate.

There is no imminent likelihood of a succession crisis given that the crown prince has been first in line throughout Emir Sabah’s reign. He is the half brother of the Emir, but at 83 years old his own health cannot be taken for granted. (CONTINUED - 401 WORDS)