Jordan / Politics /
Arabic: ¢abdu llahi bni hussayn
Abdullah's reign has been one of stability, progress and great economic growth. Most of his first 10 years have had annual growth rates at 6%. Much of this is of course linked to the many Iraqis seeking refuge in Jordan since 2003, bringing money and expertise, but reforms and the system of economic zones have also contributed largely.
Several reforms to improve political mechanisms have been put into effect by his command, as well as regulations on press freedom. Although, criticized for both limited democracy and freedom of speech, Abdullah's Jordan is one of more plurality and freedom than before.
Abdullah has been active in mediating in peace matters in the Middle East, whether between Israel and Palestine or between Israel and Lebanese Hizbullah.
Abdullah was named crown prince less than 2 weeks before he was sworn in as regent of Jordan, following the declaration of the clinical death of his father, Hussein 1.
Through his adult life, Abdullah has been a career soldier, and was until the time he was declared crown prince, commander of the Special Forces of Jordan. The Special Forces has been central in controlling internal order in Jordan, and they were in action no later than 1998.
Abdullah has for years mainly been known for his interests in extreme sports.
He is married to the Palestinian Queen Rania, and has 4 children, Prince Hussein, is the oldest born in 1994.