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    Assassinated Jordanian Premier Wasfi Tell was buried in the Royal Cemetery in Amman on Monday (29 November), and King Hussein appointed a successor expected to maintain Jordan's tough policy towards the Palestine guerrillas.

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    Assassinated Jordanian Premier Wasfi Tell was buried in the Royal Cemetery in Amman on Monday (29 November), and King Hussein appointed a successor expected to maintain Jordan's tough policy towards the Palestine guerrillas.

    Mr. Tell, 51, was cut down by a hail of bullets on Sunday in Cairo Hotel, where he was attending a meeting of the joint Arab Defence Council. Four Palestinian extremists were to be charged with premeditation murder.

    Jordan's King Hussein led the mourners at Monday's funeral, held with full state honours and attended by about 2,000 people.

    Immediately after the burial, King Hussein appointed Finance Minister Ahmed Al-Lawzi as the new Prime Minister, with other members of the former cabinet being retained. Mr. Tell had strongly enforced the King's policy of preventing the Palestine guerrillas from challenging the power of the state. It is not expected that this policy will change under Mr. Al-Lawzi.

    SYNOPSIS: The funeral for Jordan's assassinated Premier Wasfi Tell was hold in Amman on Monday, with King Hussein leading the mourners.

    Mr. Tell was assassinated on Sunday in a hotel in Cairo, where he was attending a meeting of the joint Arab Defence Council. Four Palestinian extremists were to be charged with premeditated murder. After prayers at the mosque, the bier was placed on a gun-carriage for the procession to Amman's Royal Cemetery. The funeral was held with full honours and was attended by about two-thousand people.

    The murdered Premier was buried near the grave of King Abdullah, the present King's grandfather and founder of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Members of King Hussein's entourage were able with difficulty to clear a path for the King at the cemetery. All government offices, schools and public businesses remained closed in Jordan as the country began seven days of mourning. Many of the mourners turned the ceremony into a manifestation of loyalty to the King.

    Immediately after the burial, King Hussein appointed Finance Minster Ahmed Al-Lawzi as the new Prime Minister, with other members of the former cabinet being retained. MR. Tell had strongly enforced the King's policy of preventing the Palestine guerrillas from challenging the power of the state -- a policy that is not expected to change under Mr. Al-Lawzi.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAESKSX6H75BYWSMAVSO950VAMA
    Media URN:
    VLVAESKSX6H75BYWSMAVSO950VAMA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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