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Mohammad Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah is a Kuwaiti politician. He has been deputy prime minister and interior minister of Kuwait since 4 August 2013. He is also the former interior minister.[1]

Mohammad Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
In office4 August 2013 – present
PredecessorAhmad Humoud Al Sabah (as interior minister)
MonarchSheikh Sabah Al Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
In office15 October 1996 – 13 July 2003
PredecessorAli Sabah Al Salem
SuccessorNawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
HouseHouse of Sabah
FatherKhalid bin Hamad Al Sabah
MotherMouza bint Ahmad Al Sabah

Early lifeEdit

Mohammad's parents are Khalid bin Hamad Al Sabah and Mouza bint Ahmad Al Sabah, daughter of Ahmad bin Jabir Al Ali Al Sabah, who was the ruler of Kuwait from 1921 to 1950.[2] He is the brother of Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Kuwait.[2] His other brother Ahmad Al Khalid Al Sabah is the former deputy prime minister and defense minister.[3]

Career and activitiesEdit

Sabah was the director general of the General Department of Citizenship and Travel Documents.[4] Then he served as the governor of Hawally from 1991 to 1996.[4]

He was appointed interior minister on 15 October 1996, replacing Ahmad Humoud Al Sabah in the post.[5] Sabah retained his cabinet portfolio in the March 1998 and the February 2001 reshuffles.[6][7] In 2001 he was also made deputy minister.[4][7] In March 2003, an unknown Islamist group called for the assassination of Mohammad and other senior interior ministry officials, issuing a fatwa.[8] His tenure lasted until 13 July 2003 when Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was appointed interior minister.[5]

After leaving office Mohammad was named advisor at the diwan of Amir.[9] Then he served as the president of the national security bureau, internal intelligence body, until 2013.[10][11] He was also special envoy of the Kuwaiti Amir during this period.[12]

He was reappointed interior minister in the cabinet led by Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah on 4 August 2013.[13] Mohammad was also made deputy prime minister.[14][15] He replaced Ahmad Humoud Al Sabah as interior minister.[13]

In May 2015, he traveled to Washington DC to renew Kuwait's interest in the release of Faiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, the last Kuwaiti held in Guantanamo.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Sabah married twice and has ten children, a son and nine daughters.[2]


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  11. ^ "HH crown Prince heads National Security Council meeting". KUNA. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Prince Salman bin Sultan receives envoy of the Emir of Kuwait". Saudi Press Agency. Riyadh. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Kuwait Names New Oil and Finance Ministers, 7 Ruling Family Members". Naharnet. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Interior minister congratulates Sheikh Thamer on appointment". Kuna. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  15. ^ "New Ministers Sworn In by Amir". Arab Times. Kuwait City. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Kuwait Re-Affirms Keenness on Releasing Last Kuwaiti Detainee from Guantanamo". Qatar News Agency. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah, who met the joint committee for follow-up on the detainees' issue in Guantanamo in Washington last night, said in a statement to (KUNA) News Agency that the Emir of Kuwait devotes utmost concern for this case, personally following up on its developments and outcome of talks between Kuwaiti and US authorities in this respect. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Invalid |deadurl=No (help)