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Kuwait Parliament Confirms Sheikh Sabah As Emir

Kuwait's new ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has been sworn-in as emir of the Gulf Arab state.

Sheikh Sabah took the oath of office Sunday before an audience of legislators, dignitaries and ambassadors.

Kuwait's parliament had confirmed the Sheikh earlier in the day with a unanimous vote.

Sunday's ceremonies put an official end to a leadership struggle within the ruling al-Sabah family that had assumed crisis proportions after Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah died January 15, leaving an ailing prince as his successor.

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