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Kuwait names Sheikh Meshal as new crown prince - KUNA

Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, who was named as Kuwait's crown prince, is seen in this undated handout photo. Kuwait News Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait’s new ruler Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday named Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah as crown prince of the U.S.-allied OPEC member state, state news agency KUNA said, citing a statement from his office.

Sheikh Meshal is deputy chief of the National Guard and a brother of the late emir who died last Tuesday.

The Gulf Arab state’s parliament must approve the choice.

Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Alison Williams