JORDAN REMEMBERS KING HUSSEIN

AMMAN (JT) — Jordanians today mark the 8th anniversary of the passing of His Majesty King Hussein.

King Hussein, a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, was born on November 14, 1935 as the eldest son of King Talal and Queen Zein Al Sharaf.
He was proclaimed King on May 2, 1952 at the age of 18 and assumed his constitutional powers on May 2, 1953.

At the time of his death on February 7, 1999, King Hussein was the longest serving executive head of state in the world.
Throughout his five-decade rule, the late King worked hard to raise the living standards of his people and during his reign infant mortality declined by 50 per cent and literacy rose by nearly 160 per cent.

He also struggled tirelessly to promote peace in the Middle East and help the Palestinian people regain their legitimate rights, playing a key role in the 1991 Madrid peace conference.
The late King’s commitment to democracy, civil liberties and human rights helped make Jordan a model state in the region.

He believed that the key to a brighter future lies in joining together to work towards the goals of conflict resolution, peace, education for enlightened citizenship and leadership, and the values of community, mutual understanding and sustainable development.

February 7 also marks the day His Majesty King Abdullah assumed his constitutional powers.
The Monarch has continued his father’s legacy, placing great emphasis on improving the economy whilst promoting democratic institutions and political pluralism.

Today is a day of remembrance of a great leader, a great man and a great King who weathered numerous crises and managed to ensure the stability of his country and people.

Today is also a day of hope and confidence in a future towards which Jordanians are being led by King Abdullah, who has declared the well-being and prosperity of his people his number one priority.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

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