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Abdullah names crown prince

July 03, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

King Abdullah appointed his eldest son, Hussein, heir to the throne, a palace statement said.

Hussein, 15, would "immediately assume the title and privileges of his post," his father said in a royal decree.

The post of crown prince had been vacant since Abdullah sacked his half-brother Prince Hamza in 2004, a move that consolidated his power.

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