Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah left the country early Thursday to complete medical treatment in the US (Reuters). Sheikh Sabah recently underwent surgery for an unannounced medical condition (Al Jazeera). A Kuwaiti royal said Sheikh Sabah lost consciousness twice since entering the hospital over the weekend (WSJ). The ruler suffered a debilitating stroke last year (WSJ).
KUNA, the state-run news agency, reported the royal court said Sheikh Sabah was leaving the country “based on advice from the medical team treating His Highness” (Al Jazeera). His doctors and family decided it would be best for him to take a 13-hour flight to the US, where the ruler previously received treatment (WSJ). While Sheikh Sabah is absent, Sheikh Nawaf, the emir’s half-brother, serves as the acting ruler (Al Jazeera). Crown prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah is 83 and also in poor health (WSJ).