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TIMELINE: Jordan since Abdullah became King

(Reuters) - Jordan’s election on Tuesday is expected to keep the 110-seat parliament in the hands of tribal, centrist and pro-government deputies.

King Abdullah hopes the November 20 election will bolster the country’s democratic credentials as a close ally of the United States and has urged a high turnout.

Here is a chronology of Jordan since Abdullah came to power:

February 7, 1999 - King Hussein is pronounced dead. Abdullah is sworn in as sovereign at a joint session of parliament.

January 23, 2002 - Police contain two days of rioting in the troublespot city of Maan in protest against alleged police torture of a youth in the worst bout of public dissent in nearly four years.

August 8 - Jordan summons the Qatari ambassador to protest at a talk show on Qatar-based al Jazeera television on which a speaker accused the Hashemite royal family of betraying Arab aspirations in Iraq and the Palestinian territories through complicity with the West.

October 28 - A gunman shoots U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley in Amman in the first killing of a Western diplomat in Jordan. Eight Islamic militants are sentenced to death in April 2004 for the assassination, blamed on followers of al Qaeda.

June 17, 2003 - Islamist politicians regain a foothold in parliament after the first elections under King Abdullah. Overall, however, the election preserved a traditional tribal and non-party composition.

October 25 - New Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez, a close palace aide from the influential Bani Sakhr tribe, is sworn in by the king together with a new government to replace Ali Abu al-Ragheb, who resigned amid charges of corruption and nepotism.

April 7, 2005 - A new cabinet under Prime Minister Adnan Badran and composed of economic reformers close to Abdullah, takes office, charged with speeding up liberal reforms.

November 9 - Bombers strike at Amman’s luxury Grand Hyatt hotel and the nearby Radisson SAS. A third blast targeted a Days Inn hotel. Fifty-seven people and three bombers were killed. Iraq’s al Qaeda group claimed responsibility.

August 8, 2006 - King Abdullah says that the U.S., Britain and Europe have failed to adopt a comprehensive strategy to resolve Middle East problems, creating great concern about the future.

July 2007 - Jordan’s Islamist Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s main Islamist opposition party, withdraws its candidates from local elections after accusing authorities of vote-rigging.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit

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