A dispute has broken out in the royal family in Jordan. Ex-Crown Prince Hamsa was allegedly under house arrest at first – now he publicly stood behind his rival, King Abdullah II.
Jordan’s former Crown Prince Hamsa has confirmed his loyalty to King Abdullah II, according to the court. The royal family announced on Monday evening that Prince Hamsa had signed a declaration to this effect. According to his own statements, the prince has been under house arrest since Saturday in connection with the alleged conspiracy against King Abdullah II – he is his half-brother.
“The interests of the homeland must come first, and we all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to protect Jordan and its national interests,” said the statement that Hamsa is said to have signed.
Prince Hamsa was heir to the throne of the royal family until 2004, but then the king deposed him. He had initially designated Prince Hamsa for the office a few years earlier. Abdullah II later named his own son the new Crown Prince.
Jordan King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and Crown Prince Abdulla II: Was there a plot in the Jordanian royal house? (Source: imago images)
The British BBC recently published a video that the 41-year-old Prince Hamsa is said to have recorded from his arrest. In it he made serious allegations against King Abdullah II. Jordanian Foreign Minister Aiman al-Safadi said on Sunday that investigations had shown that people close to the prince were in contact with “destabilizing” forces.
Open argument in the family
Prince Hamsa is the younger half-brother of the incumbent King Abdullah II. An open dispute has broken out between the two, reported the Wall Street Journal. Investigations have shown that people close to the prince are in contact with “destabilizing” forces, said Jordanian Foreign Minister Aiman al-Safadi on Sunday. There should also have been agreements with foreign parties – about the best time to take steps “to destabilize Jordan”. Al-Safadi did not say which parties are meant and what such destabilization should have looked like in practice. The state authorities had succeeded in “nipping in the bud” the movements.
“I am not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or group with foreign support,” said the prince in the BBC video. The allegations are a “nasty slander,” said Prince Hamsa’s mother on Twitter. Queen Nur pray for the innocent victims. She is a widow of the former King Hussein.
Foreign Minister Al-Safadi said more than a dozen suspects were arrested. In addition, two high-ranking men were arrested “for security reasons”: Bassim Auadalla, former chairman of the royal court, and Hassan bin Said, member of the royal family. Prince Hamsa, on the other hand, was neither arrested nor placed under house arrest, the state agency Petra reported on Saturday.
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries expressed their support for King Abdullah II. US State Department spokesman Ned Price described the monarch as a “key partner” of the US, who had the “full support” of the United States. Jordan is considered largely stable and secure compared to some of its regional neighbors.