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Kuwait's New Emir Calls for Unity as he is Sworn in

Kuwait's New Emir Calls for Unity as he is Sworn in

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 - 09:00
Kuwait's new Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah gestures as he takes the oath of office at the parliament, in Kuwait City, Kuwait September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

Kuwait on Wednesday swore in its new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who pledged to work for the country’s prosperity.

Sheikh Nawaf was visibly emotional as he addressed the National Assembly a day after the death of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

"The precious confidence that the people of Kuwait have entrusted in us will be guarded with our lives," the new Emir said after taking the oath of office.

He pledged to "serve the nation" in the address before lawmakers, who sat socially distanced and in masks, in line with coronavirus precautions.

He also vowed to work for the state's prosperity and stability, calling for uniting ranks in the face of challenges.

"Our dear nation today faces difficult situations and dangerous challenges that can only be overcome ... by unifying ranks and working hard together," he told the National Assembly.

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