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Sunday, February 7, 1999 Published at 13:10 GMT

Full text of Jordanian TV announcements

"Take him into paradise among the prophets and their pious followers"

The death of King Hussein was announced in a broadcast on Jordanian state television, after readings of Koranic verses. The following is the text of the announcement.

With absolute faith in God and with all the submission to God's will, with the sadness of the believers, the Council of Ministers announces to the dear people of Jordan and the Arab nation as well as the brothers in the Muslim world and friends everywhere the death of the dearest of men and the greatest of men, His Hashemite Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at 1143 [local time] on Sunday 21st Shawwal 1419 AH, corresponding to 7th February 1999.

The Council of Ministers, while it announces this sad news, prays to God to have mercy on the late king of the country, the nation and humanity altogether and to take him into paradise among the prophets and their pious followers.

"Allah's mercy and blessings are upon you, people of the house."

The Council of Ministers announces that the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has moved constitutionally to HRH Prince Abdullah Bin al-Hussein in implementation of Clause A, Article 28 of the constitution.

This is effective as from the date of the death of HM King Hussein Bin Talal.

Shortly after the government announcement, King Abdullah made his own television address. Here is the full text.

Dear brotherly citizens, the sons of the one united Jordanian family, dear family and faction, dear friends of al-Hussein everywhere, dear Arabs and Muslims.

[ image: King Abdullah:
King Abdullah: "I pray to God for our dear loss, the loss of the nation and country"
With absolute faith in God and submission to His will, with the patience of the believers and patient faith I inform you of the death of the king, the human being, the believer, the Hashemite al-Hussein Bin Talal Bin Abdullah, king of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who died while patient, accepting and believing.

This is the will of God. I pray to God for our dear loss, the loss of the nation and country.

I pray to God to have great mercy on al-Hussein, to grant Jordanian men and women, the sons of the Arab and Muslim nations and all his friends around the world - leaders and peoples - patience and consolation.

May God have mercy on al-Hussein, the father, the brother, the leader and the human being.

Patience, patience, we believe in Allah, the one God.

Hussein's spirit will remain with us. He will not be absent from our hearts and minds.

We shall keep to al-Hussein's pledge of building and giving honestly and loyally for dear Jordan. We stand with all faith together as one heart and one family.

Children of the Jordanian family, people and family. Hussein was a father and a brother to each and every one of you as he was my father.

Today, you are my brothers and sisters. I draw consolation from you.

"We are from God and to Him we shall return."

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