The ruler of Kuwait, 91, is conducting a ‘successful’ operation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Kuwait says its 91-year-old ruler has carried out a successful operation without finding out what he is doing.

This is according to a report by the official Kuna news agency on Sunday.

Kuwait has yet to implement what is required for unannounced treatment before Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Saturday. However, Sheikh Sabah’s sudden surgery could inspire a new power struggle within Kuwait’s ruling family.

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The 91-year-old ruler of Kuwait carried out an operation to demand that the crown prince of the oil-rich country be given temporary power in his place, according to a ministerial decision made on Sunday.

Kuwait has yet to implement what is required for unannounced treatment before Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Saturday. However, Sheikh Sabah’s sudden surgery could inspire a new power struggle within Kuwait’s ruling family.

State law enforcement agency Kuna on Saturday described Sheikh Sabah’s hospitalization as a “medical check,” with a statement from the country’s royal court. Hours later, Kuna released a second report that 63-year-old Crown Prince Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah had temporarily taken over some of Sheikh Sabah’s powers, without explaining why it was necessary.

Kuwait’s state-run newspaper, Kuwait Al-Yaym, posted a copy of the minister’s order, seen by the Associated Press on Sunday, saying “the crown prince will be detained for a period of surgical procedures until the health incident is over.”

The decision was not made. Kuwait’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sheikh Sabah, one of the nation’s most beloved OPEC members, took power in just 200 days during the reign of the ailing Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah. Worried during Sheikh Saad’s short reign, as he was only seen in public in a wheelchair and did not speak.

The rise of Sheikh Sabah, however, provided an informal arrangement for the division of power among the branches of Kuwait’s ruling family. Since Kuwait was politically stable with the most powerful parliament of any Gulf Arab nation, there is an internal power struggle behind the curtain of its rule.

Kuwait, a country of 4.1 million people, slightly smaller than New Jersey, has the sixth largest oil reserves in the world.

It has been a staunch ally of the United States since Saddam Hussein’s expulsion of the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War. Today, there are about 13,500 U.S. troops in Kuwait, many of them in Camp Arifjan, south of Kuwait City, where the U.S. Army Central Command is also located.

John Gambler, Associated Press

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