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Jordan remembers King Hussein

By JT - Nov 13,2017 - Last updated at Nov 13,2017

AMMAN — Jordan today marks the 82nd anniversary of the birth of His Majesty the late King Hussein.

King Hussein died at the age of 63 on February 7, 1999, following a battle with cancer.

At the time of his death, King Hussein was the longest serving executive head of state in the world.

A direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad, King Hussein was born on November 14, 1935, as the eldest son of King Talal and Queen Zein Al Sharaf.

He studied at the Islamic Scientific College and then enrolled in Victoria College in Alexandria. In 1951, he entered Harrow College in England before receiving his military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, from which he graduated in 1953.

Hussein was proclaimed King of Jordan on August 11, 1952, and a Regency Council was appointed until his formal ascension to the Throne on May 2, 1953, when he assumed his constitutional powers after reaching the age of 18, according to the Islamic calendar.

Throughout his five-decade rule, he worked to raise the living standards of his people, and during his reign the literacy rate rose dramatically.

He also sought to promote peace in the Middle East.

Enhancing joint Arab coordination was a priority for King Hussein, who believed that resolving outstanding issues and conflicts between Arab countries should be done through upholding the higher Arab interest and believing in the common destiny of the Arab nation.

On the occasion, His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday received several cables from senior civil and military officials. HRH Crown Prince Hussein also received similar cables.

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THE WORLD AT LARGE REMEMBERS HIS LATE MAJESTY AND VERY MUCH MISS HIM AT THESE TROUBLING TIMES IN THE REGION. HE WAS A MAN OF FAITH, COMPASSION, LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE AND HUMANITY AT LARGE. HISTORY AND POSTERITY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS A MAN OF PEACE AND LOVE FOR HUMANITY. THE WORLD AND YOUR PEOPLE MISS YOU. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.

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