Kuwait has begun thirty days of mourning following the death of the ruler, Sheikh Sir Abdullah as Salim as Sabah.
Kuwait has begun thirty days of mourning following the death of the ruler, Sheikh Sir Abdullah as Salim as Sabah. Thousands of Kuwaitis lined the route of the funeral cortege as it wound through the streets of Kuwait City yesterday (Thursday).
The coffin was carried in a motor hearse from the People's Palace to the place of burial. It was carried from the hearse to the graveside on the shoulders of Army officers. The new ruler of the Sheikhdom, Sheikh Sabah as Salim as Sabah, the dead ruler's 51-year-old brother, accompanied the procession to the graveside.
Crowds had been gathering along the funeral route for many hours. Many of the women - clad in black - wept openly as the cortege passed. Uniformed soldiers lined the route.
The Sheikh died on Wednesday night, aged 73. He had ruled one of the world's richest oil countries for fifteen years. He collapsed during the opening ceremony of the National Assembly last month, and doctors diagnosed a heart condition. Specialists from London flew to see the Sheikh in Kuwait during the weekend and the ruler was given continuous oxygen treatment until his death.