A Palestinian civilian, Mr. Ahmed Toukan, was today (September 26) appointed Prime Minister of Jordan.?
A Palestinian civilian, Mr. Ahmed Toukan, was today (September 26) appointed Prime Minister of Jordan. He is one of five Palestinians in the new Cabinet of the strife-torn country.
King Hussein's mandate to Mr. Toukan charged him to do everything possible to return life in Jordan to normal after the nine days of fighting between the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian guerrillas. The 13-man Cabinet succeeds that of Brigadier Mohamed Da'oud, who resigned on Thursday (September 24) after only eight days in office.
Mr. Toukan is no stranger to political office. He was a Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Bahjat Al-Talhouni in 1969.
The new Cabinet has already come under criticism from Arabs opposed to King Hussein. A guerrilla spokesman in Damascus, Syria, said the new government would not change Jordan's attitude "so long as the royal regime exists and the real criminals - first and foremost, King Hussein - are in power."
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ahmed Toukan, the new Prime Minister os strife-torn Jordan. This film shot in August 1969 shows him arriving for a Cabinet meeting in the capital, Amman when he was a Deputy Prime Minister. He was appointed Prime Minster on Saturday, when King Hussein charged him to do everything possible to return life to normal in Jordan.
The Prime Minister when the film was taken was Bahjat Al-Talhouni, and Mr. Toukan was then a Deputy Prime Minister.