Jordanian king Abdullah names 15-year-old son as heir

Jordan's King Abdullah II named his eldest son as heir to the throne Thursday, ending five years of speculation over his successor. Abdullah's move is aimed at avoiding the uncertainty over succession that dogged his father, King Hussein. In 1999, Jordanians were baffled to see Hussein - on his death bed struggling with cancer - strip his brother, Prince Hassan, of the crown and give it to Abdullah. Hassan had been groomed for the Hashemite throne for more than three decades. By naming Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah crown prince, Abdullah can groom the 15-year-old for the throne from a young age. Hussein's appointment came in a royal decree released by the palace. It said the crown prince will hold the title and "enjoy the rights and privileges of his post" effective immediately.