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Jordan remembers King Abdullah I

By JT - Jul 21,2019 - Last updated at Jul 21,2019

HRH Prince Feisal, the Regent, accompanied by Royal family members and officials, visits the tomb of King Abdullah I, the Kingdom’s founder, on Saturday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — HRH Prince Feisal, the Regent, visited the tomb of King Abdullah I on Saturday, marking the 68th anniversary of the death of the Kingdom's founder. 

Several senior officials accompanied him during the visit to the tomb, where they laid wreaths and recited verses from the Koran.

The late King was assassinated while entering Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for Friday prayer on July 20, 1951.

King Abdullah I led the Arab forces of the Great Arab Revolt with his brothers Ali, Feisal and Zeid against the Ottoman Empire.

By the end of World War I, he assumed the Throne of Transjordan, which was formed in 1921, establishing the first centralised government out of a mostly tribal and nomadic society.

Over the next 30 years, he focused on nation building and developing the institutional foundations of modern Jordan.

During these three decades, King Abdullah I presided over a series of treaties, culminating in the 1946 Anglo-Transjordanian Treaty, ending the British mandate and granting the new Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan full independence.

He is also remembered for promulgating Jordan’s first Constitution in 1928 and holding the country’s first parliamentary elections in 1929.

He laid down the basis for democracy in the Kingdom and called for political pluralism. The first political party was formed during his reign.

A poet himself, he used to meet with poets, writers and scholars to discuss the country’s affairs.

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