Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A very legitimate question

Haitham Sabbah drew my attention to a situation in Jordan....

We do not have a crown prince.

God bless King Abdullah, but what if he can't serve being a king anymore for reasons like death or sudden injury God forbid.....

Who, legally, will rule the country??

What does the constitiution state??

6 comments:

Ziad said...

I heard that there was an idea to establish a "royal family council" that will pick the successor when the king dies. I'm not sure whether it is better for the country to have a clear successor or the more "institutional" family council option.

In either case, I hope that as Jordan moves further along the democratic development road, the fate of the country will become less tied to the person of the king as the responsibility of governance gradually shifts from the throne to the parliament/government.

hareega said...

It's strange to me that mosy Jordanians like me and you do not have a good answer. This is a really basic issue that we have to know about.

Lone Wolf said...

The answer to this issue is defined in the Jordanian Constitution which states that the thrown passes from the King to his Eldest Son, who is born of a Muslim wife. The constitution was amended early during King Husein's rule to stipulate that the King may appoint one of his brothers as crown prince, in which case the thrown would pass to him. In the event that no Crown Prince is named, the de-facto Crown Prince is the eldest son of the King. In this case, Prince Hussein would automatically ascend to the thrown.

Hareega said...

thanx loan wolf, but Prine Hussein is younger than 18 to rule, so who will be in charge till he grows up? I remember a similar situation in 1952 when King Hussein was only 17, I think his uncle Nayef was in charge for a year before late King Hussein took over.

What about these days, who will be eligibile?

Lone Wolf said...

Hi There. Yes, in the event that the heir to the thrown a regent will be appointed after consultation with the royal family. Generally, I susepect there are plans in place that are not made public.

Peace

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