Hussein sacks brother in favour of half-English son.
AMMAN: King Hussein of Jordan has sacked his brother as heir to the Hashemite kingdom's throne in a move seen as aimed at retaining the crown for his sons. The ailing 63-year-old monarch told Prince Hassan through aides that he will appoint him as his deputy - a new post which appears to entail limited authority, said sources in Amman. The king returned home this week after six months of cancer treatment in the US. Prince Hassan, aged 51, was named crown prince to succeed the king in 1965. Sources said the strongest candidate to become crown prince is King Hussein's eldest son, Prince Abdullah. Prince Abdullah, aged 37 on January 30, is King Hussein's son from his second marriage, to Briton Toni Gardiner.