Kuwait's 88-year-old ruler leaves hospital after checkup

FILE- In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Emir of Kuwait Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in Kuwait City. According to a report on the state-run KUNA news agency on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, Sheik Sabah, Kuwait's 88-year-old leader, has been admitted to hospital with a "cold." (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, File)

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait's 88-year-old ruling emir has left the hospital following a checkup after an earlier announcement that said he was suffering from a cold.

The state-run KUNA news agency reported on Thursday that Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah left the hospital.

He entered the hospital Wednesday for checks.

Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since January 2006. He came to power after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor, the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, just nine days into his rule and shortly before lawmakers received his formal letter of abdication.

In recent months, he's been working to try to negotiate an end to the diplomatic crisis engulfing Qatar after four Arab nations cut ties to Doha.

Kuwait is an oil-rich OPEC member wedged between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


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