Jordan's king names son, 15, as crown prince

AMMAN Fri Jul 3, 2009 3:54am IST

Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah, the eldest son of Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania, is pictured in Amman July 2, 2009.  REUTERS/Yousef Allan

Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah, the eldest son of Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania, is pictured in Amman July 2, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Yousef Allan

Related Topics

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah appointed his eldest son Hussein as his heir to the throne, a palace statement said on Thursday.

Hussein, 15, whose mother Queen Rania is of Palestinian descent, would "immediately assume the title and privileges of his post" his father stated in a royal decree that was issued on Thursday, the palace statement said.

The Jordanian Hashemite dynasty's tradition under the 1952 constitution gives the succession to the eldest son but the monarch retains the option of naming a brother.

Abdullah succeeded his father King Hussein who ruled Jordan for nearly five decades until his death from cancer on February 7, 1999.

The post of crown prince has been vacant since Abdullah in 2004 sacked his half-brother Prince Hamza as heir to the throne in a move that consolidated his power and paved the way for the succession of his young son.

Pro-U.S. ally King Abdullah has succeeded in bringing political stability to the country and gaining stature as a prominent Arab leader whose message of moderation has found an echo, especially in Western forums.

Many Jordanians see the Hashemite royal family as a unifying force that holds together a country many of whose citizens are Palestinians whose families settled after successive Arab-Israeli wars, placing the kingdom at the heart of the conflict.

FILED UNDER:

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Oil Prices Fall

Oil Prices Fall

Brent near four-year low after OPEC decides against output cut  Full Article 

Banking Sector

Banking Sector

India says considering plan to reduce stake to 52 pct in state banks   Full Article 

Islamic Fund

Islamic Fund

India gets new Islamic equity fund but debt market still off-limits  Full Article 

SAARC Summit

SAARC Summit

Summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan  Full Article 

Social Media

Social Media

Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps  Full Article 

Forever21 in India

Forever21 in India

Forever21 sets sights on Indian cities, but please hold the hot pants  Full Article 

Japan Economy

Japan Economy

Japan inflation slows in October, output and spending show signs of recovery  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage