Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday, December 19, was sworn-in before parliament as the 17th Emir of Kuwait.Sheikh Meshal took the constitutional oath before the National Assembly, officially marking his assumption of the affairs of the country’s administration, succeeding the late Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, who passed away on Saturday, December 16.

He declared, “I swear by Almighty Allah that I will respect the constitution and the laws of the state, defend the people’s freedoms, interests, and money, and safeguard the nation’s independence and territorial integrity,” the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.