Faisal al-Fayez

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Faisal al-Fayez (born 1952 in Amman) was the Prime Minister
Prime minister
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 of Jordan
Jordan
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

 from 25 October 2003, to 6 April 2005. He took office following the resignation of Ali Abu al-Ragheb
Ali Abu al-Ragheb
Ali Abu al-Ragheb was the Prime Minister of Jordan from June 19, 2000 until October 25, 2003. He resigned and was replaced by Faisal al-Fayez.Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb was born in Amman, Jordan in 1946...

. He resigned after being criticized for not being reformist enough. He previously served as Defence Minister
Defence minister
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, and is close to the king
Abdullah II of Jordan
Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein is the reigning King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family...

. He was educated at the College De La Salle
De La Salle Frere
College De La Salle is an independent school in Amman, Jordan. Established in 1950, the school serves approximately 1250 students annually.-History:...

, Amman
Amman
Amman is the capital of Jordan. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Greater Amman area has a population of 2,842,629 as of 2010. The population of Amman is expected to jump from 2.8 million to almost...

, Jordan (1970) and then went on to Cardiff University
Cardiff University
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, United Kingdom
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 where he received a degree in Political Science
Political science
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 in 1978. In 1981, he did a Master
Master's degree
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 in International Relations
International relations
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 in Boston University
Boston University
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 in the United States
United States
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.

Political experience

  • Between 1979 and 1983: He was Consul
    Consul
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     at the Embassy of Jordan
    Jordan
    Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

     in Brussels
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    .
  • In February 1986: He became the Assistant Chief of Royal Protocol at the Royal Court.
  • In 1995: He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Royal Protocol at the Royal Court.
  • In March 1999: He became Chief of Royal Protocol at the Royal Court.
  • In March 2003: He was appointed Minister of the Royal Hashemite Court.


He received a number of decorations:
  • 1987: Officer of the Order of Al-Istiqlal (Independence in Arabic)
  • 1995: Grand Officer of the Order of Al-Istiqlal
  • 2000: Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Kawkab Al-Urduni (Jordanian Planet in Arabic)