Kuwait's parliament has confirmed Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as its new emir, ending a political crisis that saw the legislature vote to oust the former leader. The 50 members of the parliament, along with the 14 members of the cabinet, excluding the 77-year-old al-Sabah, who is the prime minister, voted unanimously on Sunday.
"We will adhere to the interests of the public and avoid sectarian and tribal considerations in every respect so that Kuwait will be the lone winner," the new ruler said before an audience that included 700 dignitaries and ambassadors. "Our world is facing changes and developments on which we cannot turn our backs," he said, according to the AP. "The regional arena is witnessing aspects of tension and instability which put all of us at the core of real confrontation."