King Hussein of Jordan opened the First Meeting of the Upper Council of the Arab National Union (ANU) Party, at Basman Palace in Amman on Tuesday (10 October).
King Hussein of Jordan opened the First Meeting of the Upper Council of the Arab National Union (ANU) Party, at Basman Palace in Amman on Tuesday (10 October). The Anu is Jordan's only political party. All parties were abolished in Jordan before the 1963 formation of the Jordanian National Union, a party to represent both East and West banks of the River Jordan - ineligible for membership, however, were Communists, Marxists and "other advocates of importer ideologies". In March this year, the organisation was renamed Arab National Union.
Under the terms of its Constitution, the ANU is formed of 360 members from both Banks. Of these, 240 are selected by voting, 120 appointed by King Hussein as Supreme Chairman of the Party. Out of these members, on Executive Committee of 36 is appointed by the King, who also names the permanent General Secretary. The latter is not yet appointed, and this first meeting was briefed by temporary Secretary General Mustafa Douddine.
SYNOPSIS: At the Basman Palace in Amman on Tuesday, the first meeting of the Upper Council of the Arab National Union - Jordan's only political party.
Presiding over this first assassin, King Hussein - Supreme Chairman of the party.
A briefing was given by Temporary General Secretary Mustafa Douddine, the permanent Secretary not yet having been named. That post, as well as the thirty-six-man Executive Committee of the Union, are all appointed by the King himself.
All political parties were abolished in Jordan in 1963 - then, in September last year, King Hussein announced the formation of the Jordan National Union Party, representing both the East and West banks of the River Jordan. In March this year, it was renamed the Arab Nationalist Union, under whose constitution two hundred and forty members are elected by voting, another hundred and twenty appointed by the King. Ineligible for membership: Communists, Marxists and what the Jordanian Government terms "other advocates of imported ideologies."