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Jordan ends crisis over alleged prince conspiracy

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King Abullah (D) and his half brother, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (E)

Jordan ended the alleged conspiracy led by Prince Hamzah, who, according to the Royal House, pledged to abide by the rules of the Hashemite family and the procedures defined by King Abdallah II to resolve the conflict.

The main Jordanian newspapers this Monday highlight the way in which the authorities and Amman put an end to the supposed conspiracy the prince, Abdallah II’s half-brother, after the series of arrests made last Saturday, in which between 14 and 16 people were arrested, in addition to a former court adviser.

You media locals report the announced resolution of the crisis, with the daily “Al Rai” the headline “Aborted plan to undermine Jordan’s stability and security” and “Buried sediment that germinated”, while Al Dustur also referred to “sedition burial” ”And the Al Gad newspaper went further by announcing the defeat of the “conspiracy of delusions”.

Apparently, the outcome came after Abdullah II took the initiative to mediate with Prince Hamzah the resolution of the conflict within the royal family.

“His Majesty, King Abdullah II, decided to deal with the issue of Prince Hamzah within the Hashemite family and entrusted it to the [seu tio] Prince Hassan, who in turn communicated with Prince Hamzah and the latter said that he adhered to the family approach ”, reads the message from the Royal House, published in Twitter.

Hamzah was accused of conspiring against his stepbrother, which he denied, while arguing that the Jordanian authorities are “Corrupt” and “incompetent”.

On Saturday, Jordanian authorities arrested several people “for security reasons” in the capital, Amman, with Hamzah announcing that he was under house arrest.

That same day, the chief of staff went to Prince Hamzah’s house to ask him to cease “all movements and activities aimed at Jordan’s security and stability”, but the meeting went wrong, the deputy first said on Sunday. Minister, Aymane Safadi.

According to Safadi, two Jordanian personalities, Bassem Awadallah and Cherif Hassan ben Zaid, as well as 14 to 16 others, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attempt to “destabilize” the kingdom. In an audio recording published in the Twitter, Hamzah declared that he would not obey to stay home.

Of course I will not obey (at the orders of the Chief of Staff, General Youssef Huneiti) when he tells me that I am not allowed to go out, to ‘tweet’, to communicate with people and that I am only allowed to see my family, ”said Prince Hamzah in the recording, in which he speaks by phone with an interlocutor.

“I recorded the whole conversation and distributed it (…). Now I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen and what they’re going to do. I don’t want to move because I don’t want to make the situation any worse, ”said the prince in his latest recording.

Hamzah stated, in a video sent to BBC, that the Jordanian Chief of Staff indicated that the measure constitutes a reprisal for allegedly participating in “activities that are being used to achieve Jordan’s security and stability”.

In the video, Hamzah denied having participated in any conspiracy activity and claimed to have responded to General Yousef Huneiti not being responsible for “the collapse of governance, the corruption and incompetence that have prevailed in the structure of the Government in the last 15 to 20 years”.

Hamzah, 41, was the last son of the former King Hussein with his fourth and last wife, Noor, of American origin.

Before he died in 1999, Hussein appointed Hamzah as crown prince and his half brother Abdullah as king, but the title of crown prince was withdrawn in 2004 and conferred on Abdullah II’s eldest son, Hussein.

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