Kuwait’s Emir temporarily delegates some powers to crown prince amid health checks

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah attends the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (File photo: AP)

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has authorized his crown prince to temporarily take over some responsibilities, according to Kuwait’s state news agency.

The Kuwaiti emir was admitted earlier in the day to a hospital for medical tests, KUNA reported on Saturday citing the Amiri Diwan.

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The emir will be undergoing a number of medical checkups and is currently in good health, the Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah said earlier.

The 91-year-old emir has ruled the US ally and OPEC oil producer since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz also called the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to ask about his health after Kuwait’s ruler was admitted to a hospital.

In October of last year, Sheikh Sabah had suffered a health setback while in Kuwait and was admitted to a hospital in the United States during his trip for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

After receiving treatment, the emir then returned to Kuwait.

(Al Arabiya English's Tamara Abueish contributed to this report)

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