KUWAIT: Kuwait Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah made a public appearance on state television on Wednesday more than a week after temporarily handing over most of his responsibilities to the crown prince, his designated heir.
Sheikh Nawaf, who has looked frail in his recent appearances, had asked Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Sabah to take over most of his main constitutional responsibilities, without specifying for how long.
Kuwaitia television channel showed the amir receiving the crown prince, newly reappointed Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid and parliament Speaker Marzouq Al Ghanim.
The crown prince on Tuesday renamed Sheikh Sabah as premier and asked him to form a new cabinet, following the government’s resignation on 8 November in a move aimed at ending a standoff with the elected parliament that has hindered fiscal reform efforts.
In a trembling voice, Sheikh Nawaf wished the three men success in their mission, stressing “the great responsibility” they face.
As part of efforts to defuse the feud, the amir had issued an amnesty pardoning political dissidents, including former MPs in self-exile abroad, some of whom returned home last week.