The former Jordanian Prime Minister and former Chief of the Royal Court, Fayez Al-Tarawneh, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 72.
Al-Tarawneh was born in Amman on May 1, 1949, and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Jordan, a MA in Economics from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California.
He served as prime minister twice, the first in 1998 and the second in 2012, and he also served as head of the Royal Hashemite Court.
During Tarawneh’s tenure as prime minister in his first term, King Abdullah II assumed his constitutional powers as the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Prior to that, Tarawneh was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply in 1988, and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1997.
Tarawneh was Assistant to the Chief of Royal Protocols (1971-1980), Economic Secretary to the Prime Minister (1980-1984), Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister (1984-1988), and Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States (1993-1997).
He was also a member of the Jordanian-Israeli peace negotiations (1991-1994), and head of the Jordanian peace delegation (1993-1994).
He was awarded the Independence Medal of the second degree, the Independence Medal of the first degree, the Renaissance Medal, the Hussein Medal for Distinguished Giving, and the First State Centennial Medal.