Jordan: Army Warns King’s Brother To Stop Actions Undermining Stability

Jordan: Army Warns King's Brother To Stop Actions Undermining Stability
FILE PHOTO: King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France Janua...

Army in Jordan has told King Abdullah’s half-brother Prince Hamza Bin Hussein to stop his actions targeting “security and stability” in what people familiar with the problem said could be associated with a plot to disrupt the country.

In a statement published by the State News Agency, the military said the warning to Prince Hamza was part of a broader and sustainable security investigation, in which former ministers, members of the royal family, and other people who were not mentioned were detained.

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Prince Hamza said in his video footage that he was under house arrest and had been told to stay at home and did not contact anyone. Speaking in English in the video, authorized by his lawyer to the BBC, he said he was not part of a foreign conspiracy and criticized the ruling system as corrupt.

“(Jordanians) The welfare has been placed second by the ruling system that has decided that his interests, financial interests, that his corruption is more important than life and dignity and the future of ten million people who live here,” he said. Previously, the head of the army Yusef Huneity denied the reports suggesting that Prince had been arrested but said he was told to “stop the activities targeting Jordan’s security and stability.”

Two people who are familiar with the situation told Reuters that security troops have arrived at their small palace and started an investigation. King Abdullah dismissed Prince Hamza as an heir of the throne in 2004 to consolidate his strength. The Washington Post said Jordanian authorities embed a former crown prince and arrested nearly 20 other people after the official “threat to state stability.”

Former US official with the knowledge of Jordan’s events said the plot, which he described as credible and broad-based but not imminent, did not involve a “physical coup.” Conversely, he said, those involved were planning to encourage protests that would seem to be “popular rebellion with masses on the streets.”. Jordan will investigate whether there is a foreign hand in the plot, the former official said.

Prince Hamza was not seen as a significant threat to the Jordanian monarchy and had been marginalized for years. Still, steps against him represent the first incident involving the royal family members since King Abdullah came to the throne. The authorities became increasingly worthy of its efforts to build relationships with unsatisfied figures in solid tribes.

With influence in public life, Jordan’s strong military had played a more significant public role since the introduction of the emergency law at the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic last year, said civil and political groups said. Jordanian riot police last month broke the protest in Amman and other cities called to mark the 10th anniversary of Arab Spring, and the authorities held dozens of activists.

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