Former SOAS student, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, has been appointed Prime Minister of Jordan, having previously served as Advisor to King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Al-Khasawneh studied a Master’s in International Affairs, Diplomacy and Economics at SOAS, and continued with education, completing a PhD in Law at the London School of Economics. His background in diplomacy and law is sure to stand him in good stead in his new position.
On 27 September, King Abdullah II dissolved Jordan’s parliament after its four-year term, and accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Oma Razzaz, which meant a new cabinet had to be formed. The King said that he entrusted Al-Khasawneh to form a cabinet which would ‘rise to the country’s challenges’.
Prior to his role serving the King, Al-Khasawneh also stood as Jordan’s Minister for Legal Affairs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also formerly Ambassador of Jordan to Egypt, France, Kenya, Ethiopia, African Union and the League of Arab States.
Al-Khasawneh is said to have turned down the job of Jordan Ambassador to Israel in favour of the Prime Ministerial position. His first major job will be to oversee the elections in Jordan on 10 November this year.
We at SOAS wish Bisher Al-Khasawnseh all the best in his role as Prime Minister.
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