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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

Career[edit]

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]

Death[edit]

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]

References[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
1970
Succeeded by
Wasfi al-Tal