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Hussein I

Born: 1935 AD
Died: 1999 AD
Nationality: Jordanian
Categories: Political Leader, Presidents

Jordanian ruler


king of Jordan 1952-1999


formally assumed constitutional powers upon attaining majority 1953


joined Egypt and Syria in 1967 war with Israel, resulting in Jordan’s loss of West Bank


kept Jordan out of 1973 Arab-Israeli War


criticized Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel 1978, arguing against conclusion of separate peace and in favor of multilateral Arab-Israeli accords


disengaged Jordan from West Bank in favor of Palestinian control 1988


broke with most Arab leaders by supporting Saddam Hussein during aftermath of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait 1990-1991


with Yitzhak Rabin, signed declaration ending state of war between Jordan and Israel 1994


helped persuade Yassir Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu to conclude Wye Memorandum 1998


diagnosed with terminal case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 1998


designated eldest son Abdullah II as heir 1999, replacing Hassan


grandson of Abdullah ibn Hussein


cousin of Faisal II