Zaid al-Rifai

former Prime Minister of Jordan

Zaid al-Rifai (Arabic: زيد الرفاعي‎) (born 27 November 1936) is a Jordanian politician. He was born in Amman, Jordan.

Zaid al-Rifai
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Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
4 April 1985 – 24 April 1989
MonarchKing Hussein
Preceded byAhmad Obeidat
Succeeded byZaid ibn Shaker
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
8 February 1976 – 13 July 1976
MonarchKing Hussein
Preceded byZaid al-Rifai (second term)
Succeeded byMudar Badran
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
23 November 1974 – 8 February 1976
Preceded byZaid al-Rifai (first term)
Succeeded byZaid al-Rifai (third term)
In office
26 May 1973 – 23 November 1974
Preceded byAhmad Al Lawzi
Succeeded byZaid al-Rifai (second term)
Personal details
Zaid Sameer al-Rifai

(1936-11-27) November 27, 1936 (age 84)
Amman, Jordan
Alma materHarvard University

He served as Prime Minister of Jordan and formed four different governments, the last of which was Jordan's longest lasting government in the history of the kingdom. It lasted for a term of 4 years and 20 days from (4 April 1985 to 24 April 1989).

His father, Sameer al-Rifai, and his son, Samir Rifai, all served as Jordanian prime minister.

Zaid al-Rifai was the President of the Senate of Jordan from 1997 to 2009. On 12 December 2009, he resigned from office.[1]


  1. "Senate President tenders resignation to King". Petra News Agency. 12 December 2009. Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2009.

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