JORDAN: Schizophrenia

Another Middle East King lost his throne: 43-year-old Talal of Jordan, after a tragic eleven-month reign. Adored by his people, Talal fell victim not to a plot but to schizophrenia, which grew steadily worse despite treatment in Switzerland. This week Jordan's Parliament sorrowfully deposed him. He is succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Hussein, a thin, introspective adolescent. Interesting coincidence : Hussein and his cousin, King Feisal of Iraq, studied at Harrow at the same time, will each rule a Hashemite kingdom at the same time, on reaching 18, next May 2.

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