Zaid al-Rifai

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Person.png Zaid al-Rifai  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born27 November 1936
Amman, Jordan
Alma materVictoria College (Alexandria), Columbia University, Harvard University
ParentsSameer al-Rifai
ChildrenSamir Rifai
Member ofLe Cercle
InterestsKing Hussein of Jordan
Former Prime Minister of Jordan. Attended Le Cercle

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In office
4 April 1984 - 27 April 1989

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In office
8 February 1976 - 13 July 1976
Preceded byZaid al-Rifai

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In office
23 November 1974 - 8 February 1976
Succeeded byZaid al-Rifai

Zaid al-Rifai is a former Prime Minister of Jordan.


From 1964 he worked at the Royal Hashemite Court, where he held the positions of Chief of the Royal Protocol, General Secretary of the Royal Court, General Secretary of the King and President of the Royal Court.

Having formed the government in 1973 he was simultaneously the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense (until 1976).

He was Prime Minister of Jordan and formed four different governments, the last of which was Jordan's longest lasting government in the history of the kingdom. It lasted for a term of 5 years and 23 days from (4 April 1984 to 27 April 1989), where he again at the same time was the Minister of Defense. He lost his post as a result of mass civil unrest caused by rising prices for essential goods, corruption and the suppression of civil liberties.

His father, Sameer al-Rifai, father-in-law, Bahjat Talhouni and his son, Samir Rifai all served as Jordanian prime minister.

Zaid al-Rifai was the President of the Senate of Jordan from June 1997 to December 2009.[1] On 12 December 2009, he resigned from office.[2]


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