Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah dies at 91 after surgery earlier this year

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah dies at 91 after surgery earlier this year

- Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died after undergoing a medical procedure earlier in the year

- The emir is best known for how he creatively handled the nation's foreign policy

- It should be noted that the country has one of the biggest oil reserves in the world

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Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died, as confirmed by an official statement delivered on state television on Tuesday, September 29.

The 91-year-old has ruled since 2006 but has handled the country’s foreign policy for more than 50 years. His successor to the throne will be his brother, 83-year-old Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Shabah, How Africa reports.

The deceased ruler is known by many as the fine architect of the modern foreign policy of Kuwait as he served as foreign minister between 1963 and 2003.

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BBC reports that the emir was flown to the US for medical treatment after surgery earlier in the year in July.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah dies at 91 after surgery earlier this year
Emir Sheikh Sabah has died. Source: IG/KuwaitTimes
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Part of the work he would always be remembered for was the mediating role he played in ensuring regional peace.

It should be noted that Kuwait has the sixth-largest oil reserve in the world. The country has been ruled by the Sabah dynasty for 260 years.

Sheikh Sabah was the great-grandson of the founder of modern Kuwait, Mubarak al-Sabah. He was born in born in 1929.

Earlier this year Briefly.co.za also reported the sad passing of South African veteran George Bizos. George Bizos, the anti-apartheid lawyer who represented the likes of Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia trials - has sadly passed away.

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation executive director Neeshan Balton confirmed the stalwart's death in a tweet that read a “towering giant” had passed. His post read:

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"@KathradaFound we are immensely saddened by the news of the passing of George Bizos. A towering giant in so many facets of our liberation struggle. Now all the Rivonia trialists are joined by the last member of their legal team. Hamba Kahle Uncle George."

South Africans flooded social media with messages as they mourned the struggle icon's death. Many shared some of Bizos' most memorable moments and how he touched thousands of lives with his passion to fight for human rights.

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