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Kuwait's Parliament to Confirm Sheikh Sabah Emir on Sunday


Officials in Kuwait say parliament is to meet Sunday to confirm the naming of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as the new emir.

The deputy speaker of parliament, Mishari al-Anjari, said Sheikh Sabah will take the oath of office shortly after a vote in the legislature.

Kuwait's cabinet named Sheikh Sabah the new emir Tuesday, hours after parliament voted unanimously to remove ailing emir, Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, from office.

Sheikh Sabah has been Kuwait's de facto ruler in recent years. He replaces Sheikh Saad, who held the post for just over a week following the January 15 death of his cousin, Kuwait's long-time emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .