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Jordan History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2011) Thousands protested in Amman and other cities pressing for political and economic reform
  • (2011) King Abdullah fired government, named former prime minister, Marouf al-Bakhit, to form new Cabinet and to launch political reforms
  • (2011) 27-member new Cabinet sworn in
  • (2011) Protests demanding ouster of new prime minister took place
  • (2011) Thousands demonstrated in support of King
  • (2011) Supporters of King Abdullah clashed with Islamic Salafi, dozens injured, 83 policeman wounded
  • (2011) King Abdullah agreed to allow election of Cabinets, versus current policy of appointment members
  • (2011) King Abdullah reshuffled Cabinet, brought in nine new members
  • (2011) Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit resigned, Awn al-Khasawneh named new prime minister
  • (2011) Cabinet allowed to choose prime minister, the King can appoint or veto
  • (2011) Syrians attacked the embassy in Amman, two diplomats, four employees injured
  • (2011) King Abdullah was first Arab leader to call for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power
  • (2012) Public school teachers went on strike calling for full annual bonuses, left hundreds of thousands of students at home
  • (2012) Over 80,000 Syrian refugees settled in Jordan after fleeing violence in Syria
  • (2012) Prime Minister Awn Al-Khasawneh resigned after sic months, citing inability to satisfy demands for reform
  • (2012) King Abdullah appointed Fayez al-Tarawhen as prime minister
  • (2012) International Monetary Fund announced deal to loan Jordan $2 billion to help steady economy
  • (2012) Tent camp was opened for Syrian refugees
  • (2012) Thousands of Jordanians called for boycott of upcoming legislative elections
  • (2012) Protests broke out after government announced increased prices for cooking and heating gas by 54% to help reduce budget deficit, three people were killed
  • (2013) Pro-government candidates won parliamentary elections
  • (2013) New surge of Syrians fleeing fighting in southern Syria arrived
  • (2013) Parliament voted for new government to be headed by Abdullah Ensour as prime minister to form new cabinet, first time in Jordan's history that the legislature instead of the king determined head of government
  • (2013) Canada pledged $98.4 million to help Jordan with the cost of the fallout from Syria
  • (2013) U.S. said it would keep American warplanes and antimissile batteries in Jordan
  • (2013) United Nations General Assembly elected Jordan to replace rejected Saudi Arabian seat
  • (2013) Israel, Jordan and Palestinian Authority signed agreement to build Red Sea-Dead Sea project to help with shortage of clean water and shrinkage of the Dead Sea
  • (2014) Jordan quietly provided staging ground for Syrian rebels and foreign backers

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