Foreign News: The Successors

What next in Jordan? The Council of State hastily picked Abdullah's younger son, short, stocky 35-year-old Prince Naif (rhymes with life) to be regent. Naif, his father's favorite, educated at Victoria College, Alexandria, adopted Abdullah's pro-British opinions, but he seems to lack the old man's intuition, statesmanship and drive. He is more interested in soldiering and women than in the business of governing.

Normally, Abdullah's successor would be his eldest son, Prince Talal, 40, a Sandhurst man. But dark, brooding Talal seems nervously unbalanced, is given to violent outbreaks (mostly about the British, whom he dislikes), is currently in a Geneva sanatorium...

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