Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed, the former Kuwaiti Minister of Defence, has died. He was 72. AP
Kuwait's Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, the eldest son of the late emir, who emerged as an influential reformer in the oil-rich Gulf sheikhdom, died on Sunday, the country's state-run news agency reported. He was 72.
Sheikh Nasser held various government posts over the years including minister of defense and deputy prime minister.
The KUNA state-run news agency did not specify how Sheikh Nasser died, but he was known to be in fragile health after having a lung tumor removed two years ago.
In a country that depends on oil for some 90% of its revenues, Sheikh Nasser championed bold plans to diversify Kuwait's economy by building up a business hub with a free zone and deep sea port in the country's north.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online.