Jordan's army: Prince Hamza not arrested, but asked to stop activities

I'm Not Going To Obey: Jordan Prince Under House Arrest Over Coup

I'm Not Going To Obey: Jordan Prince Under House Arrest Over Coup

Several suspects have been arrested in a security sweep in Jordan, as the army cautioned a half-brother of King Abdullah II against damaging the country's security.

The new king named Hamzah, who was believed to have been the favourite of Hussein's 11 children, the Crown Prince, making him next in line. It gave no details. "The internet and phone lines have been cut..."

Hamzah had released a video message via the BBC in which he accused Jordan's rulers of nepotism and corruption.

Some commentators said the prince's criticism of corruption in the kingdom struck a chord with many in the country. "All the solidarity with the Jordanian leadership and King Abdullah in defending the gains of the Jordanian people, protecting their stability, and refusing interference in their affairs".

Any bid and conspiracy to spread anarchy and instability in Jordan and any other Arab country can not be tolerated, he added.

Hamzah slammed the Jordanian government over what he said was a responsibility for the country's deteriorating human rights situation.

Hamzah is the eldest son of late King Hussein and his American wife Queen Noor. He has criticized the government in the past, accusing officials of "failed management" after they approved an income tax law in 2018.

He said he has been placed under house arrest.

In a statement, GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak al Hajraf said the bloc affirmed its full support for all decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah to preserve the security and stability of Jordan.

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However, he was seen as too young and inexperienced to be named successor at the time of King Hussein's death. He also pointed to the decline in Jordan's economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Huneiti said that investigations are underway, affirming that the disclosure of the results will be made in a clear and transparent manner.

Jordan's foreign minister has accused King Abdullah's half-brother of conspiring with foreign parties in a plot to destabilize the country.

He has also served as an adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

"Some members of the royal family have been trying to instrumentalise Jordan's economic and governance problems to present themselves as reformists who possess the solution to Jordan's challenges", said Ms Khatib.

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".

In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 shows Jordanian Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein, president of the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan, carries a parachute during a media event to announce the launch of "Skydive Jordan", in the Wadi Rum desert.

Jordan's economy has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The country, with a population of around 10 million, also hosts more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Israel's Foreign Ministry declined comment.

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king has always been a matter of concern, particularly during the Trump administration, which gave unprecedented support to Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinians, including by slashing funding for Palestinian refugees.

In early 2018, as then-President Donald Trump was threatening to cut aid to countries that did not support USA policies, the administration boosted assistance to Jordan by more than $1 billion over five years. Just five years later, in 2004, Abdullah stripped Hamzah of the succession, in favor of his own son, Hussein.

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