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 .