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Kuwait lost Sheikh Sabah, ex-ministers, other VIPs in 2020

KUWAIT: The funeral prayer is performed on the coffin of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in the Bilal bin Rabah mosque on Sept 30, 2020. – Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Kuwait suffered the heavy loss of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a number of former ministers and senior officials throughout the passing year. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad had experienced Kuwait’s development since pre-independence times in the 1960s till his last day. His life was also marked with his designation by the UN as Leader of Humanitarian Action for his renowned contributions to aiding nations in need.

Within a short period of time after Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad’s demise, Kuwait mourned the death of Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a former deputy prime minister and minister of defense, a farsighted leader that contributed to Kuwait’s development and acted diligently to uproot corruption. The following report chronicles the 2020 demise of His Highness the Amir, several ex-ministers and leaders; survived by their works and contributions to Kuwait’s development:

Jan 19: Sadoun Al-Jassem, a former Information Ministry undersecretary, passed away at age 88.
Jan 28: Former footballer for Qadsiya club and the Kuwaiti national team Mohammad Al-Masoud passed away at age 75.
Feb 12: Former chairman of Kuwait Football Association (KFA) and the Qadisya sports club Abdulaziz Al-Mekhled passed away at age 85.
Feb 13: Former governor of Farwaniya Abdulhameed Haji passed away at age 82.
March 29: Theater actor and arts pioneer Suleiman Al-Yaseen passed away at age 71.

March 30: Former Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs as well as former Islamic Affairs and chairman of the Islamic Charitable Society Yousef Al-Haji passed away at age 97. He was a leading figure in Kuwaiti charity scene.
May 17: Researcher and writer Mohammad Al-Ibrahim died at the age of 84. He was renowned for contributing to the establishment of the first Kuwaiti school, Al-Mubarakiya School.

June 2: Retired Major General Salem Al-Srour passed away. He was 74. He would be remembered as a hero of the Kuwaiti resistance against the Iraqi occupation and commander of the famous Al-Josoor battle.
June 12: The Adviser at the Amiri Diwan and the former finance minister, Abdulrahman Al-Atiqi, passed away at the age of 92.

June 12: The eminent media personnel Faisal Al-Ginaee passed away. He was 70. He was deemed the pillar of the Arab and Kuwaiti press.
June 16: The former minister of transports Habib Johar Hayat died at the end of 86.
June 17: The former deputy chairman of Kuwait News Agency and the honorary chairman of Kuwaiti Journalists Association Ahmad Bahbahani died at the age of 79.

Sept 29: The Amiri Diwan mourned death of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, renowned for his great givings, achievements and good deeds throughout his life, capped with his designation by the former UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon as Leader of Humanitarian Action.
Oct 24: The former undersecretary of social affairs Abdulrahman Al-Mazroui passed way. He was 83.

Dec 4: Former Minister of Electricity and Water and businessman Abdulaziz Al-Shaya passed away at age 49. He was a well-known figure who contributed to the development of Kuwait in several sectors.
Dec 20: The Amiri Diwan mourns the death of former first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at age 72. – KUNA

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