Ahmad Toukan

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Ahmad Tuqan
Ahmad Toukan portrait.jpg
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
26 September 1970 – 28 October 1970
MonarchKing Hussein
Preceded byMohammad Daoud Al-Abbasi
Succeeded byWasfi al-Tal
Personal details
BornAugust 15, 1903
Nablus State of Palestine
DiedSeptember 12, 1981
Amman Jordan
Political partyIndependent

Ahmad Toukan (Ahmad Tuqan) (15 August 1903 – 12 September 1981) was a Jordanian political leader of Palestinian descent who was the Prime Minister of Jordan from 26 September 1970 to 28 October 1970.


Tuqan was born on 15 August 1903 in Nablus, Palestine.[citation needed]

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 years 1950–1970)
  • 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 on September 12, 1981 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. The New York Times
  2. ^ Associated press (January 5, 1981). Ahmed Toukan, 78, Ex-Premier; Led Jordan During '70 Crackdown.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Daoud Al-Abbasi
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Wasfi al-Tal