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

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

“Sedition came from within and without our one house, and nothing compares to my shock, pain, and anger as a brother and as the head of the Hashemite family, and as a leader of this proud people,” mentioned 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 mentioned the common royal was “with his family, at his palace, in my care.”

“Sedition” in the kingdom had now been “nipped in the bud,” he additionally mentioned.

What Prince Hamzah mentioned

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 country’s management, and mentioned he was underneath efficient home arrest with web and cellphone strains had been eliminated.

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

“The national interest must remain above all else, and we must all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its national interests, and ensure the best for the Jordanian people,” reads the letter, which has the Prince’s letterhead on it.

Jordan bans social media chatter on royal family drama as king tries to draw line under crisis

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 in opposition to alleged authorities corruption and mismanagement. Anger has been constructing amongst its youth — who account for many of the inhabitants — over the state of a deteriorating financial system made worse by the pandemic.

Unemployment and poverty charges have reached file 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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