Abdul Karim al-Kabariti

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Abdul Karim al-Kabariti
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
4 February 1996 – 9 March 1997
Monarch King Hussein
Preceded by Zaid ibn Shaker
Succeeded by Abdelsalam al-Majali
Personal details
Born (1949-12-15) 15 December 1949 (age 65)
Amman, Jordan
Political party Independent
Religion Islam

Abdul Karim al-Kabariti (About this sound pronunction  AB-del ka- REEM al kah-bah-REE-tee[needs IPA] Arabic: عبد الكريم الكباريتي‎; born 15 December 1949) was the prime minister of Jordan from 4 February 1996 to 9 March 1997.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kabariti was born in Amman on 15 December 1949 to a prominent Aqaba family. He studied geology at the American University in Beirut and received his bachelor's degree in business and finance with honors from St. Edward's University, USA, in 1973.[4]


Kabariti was elected to Parliament in 1989 and served as Minister of Labor and Tourism before his appointment as Foreign Minister in 1995.[1][3] He was appointed in 1996 as Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Minister of Defense by the late King Hussein bin Talal.[1] Kabariti became known for his positive attitude toward reform, openness toward journalists and his support of closer relationships with both Syria and Gulf Countries and less close relations with Iraq. [5] After a year as Prime Minister he left office,[2] and also left his post as Foreign Minister. In 1999, he became the first Chief of the Royal Court with King Abdullah II.[6]

Kabariti was a member of the Twelfth and Eleventh Jordanian Parliament from 1993-1997 and 1989-1993 respectively, during which he was the Head of the Economics and Finance committee for the period from 1993-1995.

Kabariti was also a member of the Jordanian Senate, First Deputy to the Speaker from 2000-2002, returning to the Senate, Head of the Economic & Finance Committee from 2005-2007.

Kabariti is currently The Chairman of Jordan Kuwait Bank.

                      President of Board of Trustees at Al Ahlia-Amman University.
                      Chairman of Algeria-Gulf Bank in Algeria.
                      President of the Board at United Financial Investments.
                      Board member at Burgan Bank - Kuwait.
                      A Board member of many other local companies in Jordan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Albrecht, Kirk (1 April 1996). "Jordan gets a new, young government". The Middle East. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Bray, Robin (28 March 1997). "Kabariti steps down, Majali takes over". Middle East Economic Digest. Retrieved 6 November 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Ash, Toby (16 February 1996). "Kabariti takes the helm". Middle East Economic Digest. Retrieved 6 November 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Kabariti, Abdul Karim (1949–)". Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Schwedler, Jillian (Spring 2006). "More Than a Mob: The Dynamics of Political Demonstrations in Jordan". Middle East Report 223: 18–23. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Darwish, Adel (1 April 1999). "A chip off the old block". The Middle East. Retrieved 6 November 2010. A close confidant of Queen Noor, former Prime Minister, Abdul-Karim Al-Kabariti, was named new Chief of the Royal Court, traditionally the power behind the throne in the Jordanian hierarchy. This is especially significant given the 37-year-old King's youth and inexperience of world diplomacy and domestic politics. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Zaid ibn Shaker
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Abdelsalam al-Majali