Ahmad Toukan

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Ahmad Toukan
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
26 Sep 1970 – 28 Oct 1978
Monarch King Hussein
Preceded by Mohammad Daoud Al-Abbasi
Succeeded by Wasfi al-Tal
Personal details
Born 15 August 1903
Died 1981
Political party Independent
Religion Sunni Islam

Ahmad Toukan (Ahmad Tuqan) (15 August 1903–1981) was a Jordanian political leader from a Palestinian descent who was the Prime Minister of Jordan from 26 September 1970 to 28 October 1970.


Toukan was born on 15 August 1903 in Nablus, Palestine.

He is the eldest brother of Ibrahim Touqan and Fadwa Touqan, both of whom are famous poets in the Arab world.



Toukan occupied many high-ranking positions both locally and internationally:

  • UNESCO Expert and UNRWA Deputy Head of Education (1954-1961)
  • Education Expert at the International Bank for Reconstruction & Development (1962-1966)
  • Minister (including Foreign Minister, Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister during the years1950-1970)
  • Prime Minister in 1970
  • Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan in 1972
  • Chairman of University of Jordan’s Board of Trustees in 1972.

Toukan was Prime Minister in 1970 during a crackdown that drove the PLO guerillas out of Jordan. [1]


He died in Jordan at age 78 after a prolonged illness. The Ahmad Toukan School in Amman is named in his honor. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hess, John L. (September 27, 1970). Hussein Forms a New Regime But Is Assailed by Commandos. New York Times
  2. ^ Associated press (January 5, 1981). Ahmed Toukan, 78, Ex-Premier; Led Jordan During '70 Crackdown.

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