Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, who suggested significant reforms to modernize Kuwait’s economy, died on Sunday. According to the government-backed news agency Kuna, he was the elder son of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, 72-year-old Sheikh Nasser. Sheikh Nasser was leading the race to become Crown Prince after the death of his 91-year-old father in September.
Although Kuna did not make the cause of Sheikh Nasr’s death public, but after his lung cancer operation two years ago, everyone was aware of his declining health. Sheikh Nasser had served in various government positions for a long time in his father’s government. Apart from being the defense minister of the country, he was also the Deputy Prime Minister.
However, he garnered the most support for his ambitious mega projects and anti-corruption efforts, which are believed to change Kuwait’s image. Despite the country’s 90 percent dependence on revenue coming from oil, Sheikh Nasser is remembered for his bold plans to turn Kuwait’s economy to the other side.
Sheikh Nasser had proposed a plan to build a free-zone business hub in the north of the country and a deep sea port, but many people in Kuwait’s parliament feared falling behind their more developed neighbors Saudi Arabia and the UAE due to these plans. Showing preference was to maintain the status quo in the economy.
Last year, his father showed him the way out of the government when he was pressurized to investigate a suspected scam of millions of dollars in military funds. But he was constantly in the discussions due to his public statements against corruption.