| Zaid al-Rifai |
|Born||27 November 1936|
|Alma mater||Victoria College (Alexandria), Columbia University, Harvard University|
|Member of||Le Cercle|
|Interests||King Hussein of Jordan|
Former Prime Minister of Jordan. Attended Le Cercle
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. On 12 December 2009, he resigned from office.
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