List of emirs of Kuwait

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  • Emir of the
    State of Kuwait
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Style His Highness
Heir apparent The Crown Prince Nawaf Al-Sabah
First monarch 1st Ruler Sabah I bin Jaber
Formation 1718
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This is a list of the emirs of Kuwait. Emirs (also transliterated as amir, aamir or ameer) are the rulers of Kuwait. The House of Al-Sabah dynasty came to partial power in 1718, before which the Bani Khalid ruled the region.

List of monarchs of Kuwait (1718–Present)[edit]

Sheikhs of Kuwait (1718–1961)[edit]

Name Reign Remarks
From Until
Sabah I bin Jaber 1718 1762
Abdullah I Al-Sabah 1762 3 May 1814
Jaber I Al-Sabah 1814 1859
Sabah II Al-Sabah 1859 November 1866
Abdullah II Al-Sabah November 1866 May 1892
Muhammad I Al-Sabah May 1892 17 May 1896 Assassinated
Mubarak Al-Sabah, "the Great" 18 May 1896 28 November 1915
Jaber II Al-Sabah 28 November 1915 5 February 1917
Salim I Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah 5 February 1917 22 February 1921
Ahmad I Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 22 February 1921 29 January 1950
1st Emir Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah 29 January 1950 19 June 1961

Emirs of Kuwait (1961–Present)[edit]

Name Image Reign Remarks
From Until
1st Emir Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg 19 June 1961 24 November 1965 Designated as 1st Emir
2nd Emir Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg 24 November 1965 31 December 1977
3rd Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg 31 December 1977 15 January 2006 Lead the Kuwaiti Government in exile from Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War.[1] Provided financial support to all Kuwaiti families deposed in foreign countries. Al-Sabah and his Government lobbied extensively for military support during the First Gulf War to relieve the people of Kuwait that could not leave, specially women and children. Received support from a United Nations mandated coalition led by the United States.[2]
4th Emir Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg 15 January 2006 24 January 2006 Deposed by the National Assembly and abdicated simultaneously due to illness; died on 13 May 2008
5th Emir Sabah Al-Sabah Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg 29 January 2006 Present

Succession[edit]

Succession to the throne of today's Kuwait (Arabic: origin word -" Al-Kout"‎- meaning Fortress near the water) is limited to the descendants of Mubarak Al-Sabah. The reigning Emir must appoint an heir apparent within one year of his accession to the throne while the nomination must also be approved by the majority of members of the National Assembly.

The Heir Apparent or Crown Prince has to be a senior member of the Al-Sabah Family and in close age range of the Emir. The position of Emir is also traditionally alternated between the two main branches of the Al-Sabah family, the Al-Ahmed and Al-Salem branches. The Prime Minister of Kuwait is appointed exclusively by the Emir.

The current Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (of the Al-Ahmed branch) had appointed his half-brother Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Crown Prince and their half-nephew Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah in a move which broke the tradition of alternating the throne.

In the meantime the situation has changed because other offsprings have been posted to the most important Ministries leading them to champion the merited leadership of the State of Kuwait.

In the meantime the situation has changed because other offsprings have been posted to the most important Ministries leading them to champion the merited leadership of the State of Kuwait.

The elder of the three brothers H.H.Sheikh Abdallah II Sabah II Al-Jaber I Al-Sabah; the 5th monarch Ruler of Kuwait; paralleled descendants who served the Al-Sabah dynasty and Kuwait with high distinction and made the ultimate sacrifice going above and beyond.[3] Among them is martyred monarch shahid Cavalry Commander H.E.Sheikh Jaber Abdullah II Al-Sabah II Al-Sabah (b.1860–d.1920)  and the descendants of H.E.Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah (b.1898–d.1996) (WIA); a contemporary of seven Rulers and Ruler Emirs.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  2. ^ [2], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  3. ^ a b [3], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)

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