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The assassination could not have come at a less propitious moment in the fortune of Abdullah's wing of the Hashemite family. Despite his advanced age and illnesses, Abdullah died with no clear successor. There were, at the time, four possible claimants to his throne: his two sons, Talal and Nayif; his grand-nephew Feisal, the still-underage king of Iraq; and, last, his grandson, Hussein. TalaPs story reads like a Hashemite version of a Greek tragedy. Although he was Abdullah's eldest child, the Hijaz-born Talal (b.
A Canada-like "dominion status"), Amman's new civilian leadership refused to be tempted. 82 Forcing this retrenchment in Iraqi policy was the culmination of a weeklong series of political victories by Jordan's new prime minister. In the aftermath of Abdullah's murder, Tawfiq Abu'l Huda proved himself a master of political legerdemain. His goal was to regain the premiership, and he skillfully maneuvered his way to achieve it. His policy was to take no firm positions on the issues of the day, preferring to make and shed alliances, not commitments.
20 So as to ensure that their efforts did not provoke the active opposition of the political establishment, the Iraqi minister in Amman was also said to enlist the paid support of Sulayman Tuqan and Sa'id al-Mufti, the ministers of defense and interior, respectively. 21 Exactly what kind of union Iraq and its local supporters had in mind is not clear, as the term union often masked substantive differences among confederation, federation, association under a single crown, and outright merger. 22 Iraqi unity efforts did not go unchallenged by Baghdad's Arab competitors.