Page last updated at 18:59 GMT, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:59 UK

Former emir dies in Kuwait City

Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah (file photo)
Sheikh Saad travelled to the US and Britain for treatment

A former Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, has died in Kuwait City at the age of 78 after a long illness, state television reports.

Sheikh Saad ruled Kuwait for nine days in January 2006 before being removed by parliament because of ill health.

Born in 1930, he was the eldest son of the late Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem al-Sabah, known as the father of independence and the constitution.

Sheikh Saad became crown prince in 1978 and was prime minister until July 2003.

In 1997, Sheikh Saad spent seven months abroad for treatment and recuperation from colonic bleeding.

He will be buried on Wednesday, state television said.

Country profile: Kuwait
04 Apr 08 |  Country profiles
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Jaber dies
15 Jan 06 |  Middle East
Kuwait crown prince urged to go
12 Oct 05 |  Middle East
Kuwaiti crown prince in hospital
10 Jun 05 |  Middle East

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific