Heads of authorities voice support for King

Lawmakers hold symbolic celebration of centenary at old parliament premises

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Senate President Faisal Al-Fayez heads a Parliament session on Sunday at the old Parliament building in Jabal Amman, in celebration of Jordan’s centennial (Ameer Khalifa/JNews)
AMMAN — The heads of the three branches of government on Sunday stressed their support for His Majesty King Abdullah, and to the stability and security of Jordan.اضافة اعلان

Their remarks were made as Parliament met at its old building in a special session to mark the Kingdom’s centenary. The gathering came after Saturday night’s announcement of intensive security investigations that led to the arrest of several people, including Sharif Hassan bin Zaid and former senior official Bassem Awadallah, among others, “for security reasons.”

President of the Senate Faisal Al-Fayez stressed that Jordan and the King are a “red line”, and that the Kingdom will rise up to respond firmly to “every trembling hand that would mess with its security.”

Speaker of the Lower House Abdul-Munem Al-Oudat said the security operation Saturday was a “decisive response to attempts at Jordan’s security and stability.”

Representing the judicial power, President of the Higher Judicial Council Mohammad Al-Ghazo, said that Jordan has always overcome the obstacles it has faced and emerged every time more resilient, “thanks to the wisdom of its leaders and the determination of its people.”

Deputy Prime Minister Tawfiq Kreishan delivered an address on behalf of Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, in which he said that the Jordanian state and people are the inheritors of the Great Arab Revolt, stressing that the country has never “alienated any political component or opposition figure.”

The special meeting was held at the old Parliament building in Jabal Amman, where the early national assemblies used to gather. The place was turned into a parliamentary life museum.

It was chosen for this occasion due to its great historical symbolism, as it witnessed many important events in the history of the Kingdom, foremost among which was King Abdullah bin Al Hussein I’s declaration of the independence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1946.

It also witnessed the swearing-in of the late King Talal and the late King Hussein, in addition to the declaration of many important decisions, such as the unity of the East and West Banks, the declaration of the Constitution of 1952, in addition to the decision of the Arabization of the army, and the termination of the treaty with Britain.

The building was used to hold legislative council meetings in the early forties, and then as a parliament headquarters until 1978.

Al-Fayez told Jordan News that the event was organized to celebrate one hundred years of the inception of the state, “which is entering the second century of its life with all strength and steadfastness.”