The Kuwaiti Council of Ministers declared Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Amir of the country after the death of Sheikh Sabah, and declared public mourning in Kuwait for forty days.
The new Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is one of the most prominent figures in the modern history of Kuwait, as he had a great role in establishing the Ministry of Interior in its modern form and contributing to the development of Hawalli Governorate when he assumed its responsibilities.
And Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is the sixth son of the tenth ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, who ruled Kuwait between 1921 and 1950.
Sheikh Nawaf was born on June 25, 1937 in Kuwait City, and studied in the various schools of Kuwait, including al Sharqiya and al-Mubarakiya, and continued his studies in various places in the country.
He began his political journey after assuming the responsibilities of Hawalli Governorate, and was able to transform the governorate, which was a village, into a civilized city full of commercial and economic activity.
He is considered the true founder of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior in its modern form, by assuming its reins over two terms, the first from March 1978 to January 1988, and the second from 2003 to February 2006.
Upon the formation of the first Kuwaiti government after the 1991 liberation war, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad was assigned the portfolio of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, then assumed the position of Deputy Chief of the National Guard on October 16, 1994.
In 2003, an Amir decree was issued appointing Sheikh Nawaf as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, then another decree was issued on February 7, 2006 recommending him as Crown Prince.
February 20, 2006, was the day the Kuwaiti National Assembly pledged allegiance to Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the official crown prince.