In Jordan the Jubilee activities keep rolling on celebrating the 25 years since King Hussein came to the throne.
LV & SV King Hussein arriving in open car (2 shots)
CU King walks through crowd to rostrum and sits down (2 shots)
LV & CU Youths parade with banners and flags (2 shots)
CU & SV King watches from platform as military cadets march past (2 shots)
CU Horsemen ride past shouting
SV Camel Corps ride past shouting
SV & LV King watches as decorated floats drive past (3 shots)
CU & LV King watches as youths perform physical education display (2 shots)
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Background: In Jordan the Jubilee activities keep rolling on celebrating the 25 years since King Hussein came to the throne. On Wednesday (3 August) the King went to Ma'an in southern Jordan to soak up the acclaim of his subjects.
SYNOPSIS: Arriving in an open car, King Hussein got an enthusiastic welcome from the people of Ma'an. Following his father's abdication, and then a parliamentary decree, Hussein became king on the 11th of August, 1952, at the age of 17. He was crowned a year later. Though he's a popular leader among his people, there have been numerous attempts on his life, some of them very close shaves indeed. In the turbulence of Middle Eastern politics, King Hussein is considered an adroit performer. In fact, it's a tribute to his skill at balancing divergent forces inside and outside Jordan that he has survived to celebrate his Silver Jubilee.
Through a number of crises, the King has kept the army on his side and the armed forces were prominent in this parade, notably these cadets, the soldiers of the future. Jordan's forces have some of the most up-to-date military equipment but the accent here was not on sophisticated hardware. This was a day to watch the old-fashioned mounted units, the columns of horsemen and the riders of the camel corps. For generations, they've been among the most renowned mounted warriors in the desert countries of the Middle East.
As he celebrates his Silver Jubilee, King Hussein reigns over a country that has had large chunks of territory whittled from it since he became king in 1952. The future of important parts of that lost territory, especially the west bank of the Jordan, is among the most burning issues to be discussed during the current Middle East tour of the American Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance. But, here at Ma'an, King Hussein could push the intricacies of power politics from his mind and relax.