King Hussein appoints his elder son, Abdullah, as crown prince
Jordan, Politics, 1/26/1999
Jordanian King Hussein on Monday appointed his oldest son, Abdullah, as his crown prince in succession of his brother Prince Hassan.
SANA reported in a special statement from London that Jordanian political sources said on Sunday that the change in the hierarchy in Jordan is part of a several-stage program to make a comprehensive change in building the state. The change is expected to cover the government and the parliament in the coming phase, in line with democratic reforms the Jordanian King seeks to achieve.
Jordanian political sources told the London-based al-Hayat daily that the decision providing for appointing one of the King's sons as crown prince instead of his youngest brother, Hassan, is the first step toward a vast road of reforms aimed at making Jordanian citizens satisfied with their short and long-term futures.
The sources expected the Jordanian King within the coming months to dissolve the parliament and to call for general parliamentary elections to replace the current parliament. The Jordanian political circles did not rule out the elections being preceded by a new election law within the context of democratic reforms
They also expected that the King will form a new government in order to ensure the necessary mechanism to make the optimum change.
The Jordanian political sources said they expect that implementing the new phase of the forthcoming changes will be made following the King's return from his visit to the US in March to carry out routine medical tests.
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