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Jordan’s king breaks silence after royal drama grips the nation

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The saga started over the weekend, when Jordanian authorities detained round 15 folks, together with a high-profile political determine and a minimum of one member of the royal household. A well-liked prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, claimed to have been have been positioned beneath efficient home arrest in a video despatched to media.
Authorities alleged that Prince Hamzah was part of a plot backed by unnamed overseas entities to “destabilize” the dominion — a declare that he has denied.

“Sedition got here from inside and with out our one home, and nothing compares to my shock, ache, and anger as a brother and because the head of the Hashemite household, and as a pacesetter of this proud folks,” stated King Abdullah in a written assertion launched on Wednesday.

Addressing hypothesis on the whereabouts of Prince Hamzah, who’s Abdullah’s half-brother, the King stated the favored royal was “together with his household, at his palace, in my care.”

“Sedition” within the kingdom had now been “nipped within the bud,” he additionally stated.

What Prince Hamzah stated

Prince Hamzah was Jordan’s crown prince for 5 years after his father, King Hussein, died in 1999. In 2004, King Abdullah stripped him of his title as inheritor obvious, and later named his then-teenage son Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as crown prince. ​

In video recordings launched to the BBC final weekend, Prince Hamzah denied allegations of an anti-government plot, chastised the nation’s management, and stated he was beneath efficient home arrest with web and telephone strains had been eliminated.

However the debacle appeared to wind down on Monday night when Jordan’s royal courtroom launched a doc signed by Hamzah pledging allegiance to the king.

“The nationwide curiosity should stay above all else, and we should all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its nationwide pursuits, and make sure the greatest for the Jordanian folks,” reads the letter, which has the Prince’s letterhead on it.

Jordanian authorities have additionally eased a media gag order about Prince Hamzah’s case, permitting social media chatter once more on a topic that has polarized Jordanians.

Jordan is mired in financial issues amid a rising outcry towards alleged authorities corruption and mismanagement. Anger has been constructing amongst its youth — who account for a lot of the inhabitants — over the state of a deteriorating financial system made worse by the pandemic.

Unemployment and poverty charges have reached report highs. Discontent has pushed Jordanians to the streets, however tolerance for protests has diminished considerably.

CNN’s Eyad Kourdi, Caroline Faraj, Hamdi Alkhshali and Zeena Saifi contributed to this report.

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