Emir of Kuwait dies.
THE Emir of Kuwait has died aged 79, it was announced yesterday.
Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah had been ill since suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2001.
Al Sabah was restored to power by the Americans in 1990 after Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein
(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres. invaded his tiny oil-rich country and in 2003 backed the US as they toppled the Iraqi dictator dictator, originally a Roman magistrate appointed to rule the state in times of emergency; in modern usage, an absolutist or autocratic ruler who assumes extraconstitutional powers. From 501 B.C. until the abolition of the office in 44 B.C., Rome had 88 dictators. .
In an official statement, the country's cabinet named his distant cousin, crown prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, as his successor.
The new emir is in his 70s and also has serious health problems.
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