AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Former Prime Minister Bahjat Talhouni died Sunday, the government announced. He was 82.

The cause of death was not specified.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Abdul Salam Majali paid tribute to Talhouni, who served as premier eight times between 1958 and 1970. He also served as chief of the Royal Court.

At the time of his death, Talhouni was a member of the Upper House of Parliament appointed by King Hussein. He also was head of the Jordan-Russian Friendship Society.

A native of Maan, 130 miles south of Amman, Talhouni was considered one of the founders of modern Jordan.

He began his public life as a judge at the High Court in the 1950s.