Jordanian King Abdullah II on Wednesday 1 June 2016, approved the appointment of Hani al-Mulki as prime minister, Jordan’s official Petra News Agency reported.
Born in Amman in 1951, Mulki received a bachelor’s degree in production engineering in Egypt in 1974 and pursued his post-graduate studies in the United States. He served as the Founding Executive Director of the then Islamic Academy of Sciences (IAS) between 1986 and 1989. He also served as Jordan’s ambassador to Egypt and as Jordan’s permanent representative at the Arab League 2002-2004 and 2008-2011. He has held several ministerial positions; water, energy, supplies, industry and foreign affairs ministries.
Mulki chaired the negotiating committee which produced a treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1994. During his time as foreign minister, Jordan experienced diplomatic issues with both Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Mulki was appointed as The Scientific Advisor to His Majesty, and then a member of the Senate.In 9 February 2011, Mulki was reappointed the position of Jordan’s Minister of Trade and Industries. In 29 May 2016, Mulki was appointed as the Prime Minister of Jordan, succeeding Abdullah Ensour.