Former Jordanian crown prince reportedly under house arrest

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 4, 2021

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordan's army Yusef Huneity denied reports that Prince Hamza had been arrested but said he was told to "stop activities that are being exploited to target Jordan's security and stability".

Prince Hamzah, whose title of crown prince was rescinded by the king in 2004, went on to say: 'I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse.

A Jordanian royal source told the Washington Post that around 20 arrests have been made due to a "threat to the country's stability".

He criticized the Jordanian government, claiming it is responsible for the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. The former prince also denied all allegations of wrongdoing by the authorities.

The palace of Jordan's former crown prince in Amman was raided on Saturday (local time) and two of his senior aides arrested after officials uncovered what they believed was an attempted coup against the kingdom's ruling monarch King Abdullah II, state media reported.

"The US administration knows that Bassam Awadullah works for MBS (Mohammed bin Salman)".

The agency did not provide further details or name the others who were arrested.

Awadallah, who was a driving force behind economic reforms before he resigned as chief of the royal court in 2008, has long faced stiff resistance from an old guard and an entrenched bureaucracy that flourished for years on government perks.

The plot reportedly included several tribal leaders and members of the country's security establishment.

Almost 20 people were arrested in all.

Prince Hamza, who had been groomed by his mother Queen Noor to succeed his late father King Hussein, has been pushed into the political wilderness since he was sacked as crown prince.

He said an investigation was ongoing and its results would be made public "in a transparent and clear form".

'No-one is above the law and Jordan's security and stability are above all, ' he told the official Petra news agency.

Egypt has also expressed solidarity with Jordan's King Abdullah II In the wake of media reports.

FILE - In this December 10, 2020 photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said the kingdom's royal court supported King Abdullah's efforts "to maintain security and stability and defuse every attempt to influence them".

The remaining four members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman - also voiced their support in similar terms.

The United States, Jordan's top western ally, expressed its support for the monarchy.

The US state department has already offered the king, who has cultivated close relations with Washington and been a key ally in the war against Islamic State, its "full support".

While there has been previous rumours about division within Jordan's royal family, such a public split is rare.

The details remained murky, but any internal unrest would raise alarms among the US and other Western nations, which have long viewed Jordan's ruling monarchy as a key military ally and a bastion of stability in a volatile region. Jordan is a key USA partner in the Middle East, given its geopolitical position as a neighbor to Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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