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We have lost a statesman

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Jassem Al-Khorafi. A kindhearted and good man who served his family and country for decades, Khorafi was among a small class of leaders who helped steer our beloved country through turbulent times with great success.

A family man who loved his children and grandchildren, he also worked diligently to get to know many Kuwaitis, hear our issues and help mediate our many differences, both in the parliament and beyond. Khorafi will be remembered for his long serving leadership in the National Assembly, where he served as speaker from 1999 until 2011.

He will be memorialized for his decades of work in the Assembly as a lawmaker and for his role as minister of finance. But I think we should also remember him for the vision he shared with us about what Kuwait could be.

For the effort he put into along with his family to help build our infrastructure and country. After the invasion, he played an instrumental role in rebuilding what had been destroyed and it is thanks to him and all the Kuwaitis who stepped up and believed that we could move past what had happened and look forward to a bright and rewarding future.

The unexpected passing of Khorafi will no doubt cause great sadness to his family and friends. May Allah rest his soul in peace. But before we mourn, I suggest we also celebrate a life that was lived in service to us all. Kuwait is greater for having known you, Mr Al-Khorafi, and we all have lost something with your passing.

By Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

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This article was published on 23/05/2015