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Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has dies at age of 91

 Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad passed away at his age of 91, the Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan, Sheikh Ali Al Jarrah Al Sabah, announced on Kuwait TV today.

The Emir was admitted to hospital on July 18 for medical checks and then, a day later, underwent a successful surgery. In July, Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait.

He had been prime minister under the previous Emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and for several years had been seen as the de facto ruler. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 years.

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