Kuwaiti Emir Sabah, who backed attempts at regional calm, dead at 91

The leader of oil-rich Kuwait, Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah, has died at 91, according to a royal court statement.Speculations about the emir’s health have been ongoing for months, as he had been admitted to hospital several times since last year.Earlier in the day, lawmaker Saleh Ashour tweeted that Prime Minister Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah and Parliament Speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem left in the middle of a parliamentary session to meet with the crown prince.Hours later, Kuwait’s state television stopped its usual programmes to broadcast a recital of verses from the Koran, a common move in Muslim-domin…

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