The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, issued a decree appointing Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad as crown prince.
Two members of the Al-Sabah family pledged – on Wednesday, in posts on Twitter – to support Sheikh Meshaal, 80, for the position of crown prince, before the Amiri Decree was announced.
The Kuwaiti constitution stipulates that the appointment of the crown prince shall be within one year of the Emir’s inauguration. His appointment shall be by an Emiri order and the pledge of allegiance to the National Assembly in a special session, and the pledge is made with the approval of the majority of the members of the Council.
The head and members of the Kuwaiti government had put their resignations at the disposal of the Amir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
A statement by the Amiri Diwan said that the resignation came in the interest of the Prime Minister and its members that the ministerial responsibility would be assumed by those who enjoy the confidence of the Emir of the country.
The statement added that the Emir of Kuwait affirmed his confidence in the current government to continue carrying out its tasks, performing its constitutional duties, and completing preparations for the upcoming legislative elections.