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Happy Independence Day!

May 25,2019 - Last updated at May 25,2019

May 25 marked the 73rd anniversary of Jordan's independence. It was a time to count our blessings and remember the hard-won hallmarks of the Kingdom's independence, and the struggles and tribulations that it had undergone to consolidate its independence and gain international recognition and support against great odds.

It was the King Abdullah I, the founder of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who spearheaded the struggle to make the Kingdom an independent sovereign country against formidable obstacles. King Abdullah I declared the Kingdom independent on May 25, 1946 amidst popular jubilation and widespread celebrations.

Another milestone in the annals of the country was the unification of the West Bank with Jordan on April 24, 1950, only to be interrupted by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, and the decision to disengage from the occupied territory legally and administratively in 1988.

The adoption of the Constitution in 1952 was another milestone in the early history of the country. Ever since, the journey for the development of the Kingdom continued despite the many trials and tribulations of the fifties and sixties.

His Majesty Abdullah II continued the journey upon his Accession to the Throne in 1999. Since then, Jordan made several leaps forward on several fronts; politically, economically and socially.

It is sometimes easy to forget our achievements and the progress that the country made throughout the past years to consolidate its independence and freedom. Therefore, citizens are, once again, reminded to recall the achievements of their country instead of concentrating only on the shortcomings or hardships that they face that are mostly attributable to external factors than wrong policies.

Paying tribute to the country's realised gains and to the continued efforts of its leadership to make Jordan a model in a turbulent region is a sacred and solemn duty. That is what celebrating Independence Day is all about after all.

Let us remember always that Jordan is a safe and stable country. This did not come easy. The enlightened leadership has a lot to do with this blessing. Let us keep it that way!

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