King Hussein of Jordan reached the climax of several month's celebrating his silver jubilee year with a mass public display in Amman, the nation's capital, on Thursday (11 August).
King Hussein of Jordan reached the climax of several month's celebrating his silver jubilee year with a mass public display in Amman, the nation's capital, on Thursday (11 August). It was 25 years to the day that the King, who is the Middle East's longest-reigning ruler, succeeded to the throne.
SYNOPSIS: The city's sports stadium was used for the gathering by thousands of citizens paying tribute to their king, who stood before them after surviving nine assassination attempts on his life during his reign, and guiding the country through three wars. The nation's youth played a prominent part in the displays of loyalty to the 41-year-old monarch, who was only 16 when he took the ???one.
The King has faced danger in the turbulent world of Middle East politics ever since he was a youth. In 1951, he witnessed the assassination of his grandfather by a Palestinian in Jerusalem. In the same incident, a bullet aimed at Hussein struck a medal on his chest -- saving the future King's life. He took the reins of power from his sick father the following year, after being called on by parliament. King Hussein, a devout Moslem believing in fate and destiny, has always said he's not afraid to face death.