“The sedition came from within and without our only home, and nothing compares to my shock, pain and anger as a brother and as the head of the Hashemite family, and as the leader of this proud people,” King Abdullah said in a writing. statement issued Wednesday.
Addressing speculation about the whereabouts of Prince Hamzah, who is Abdullah’s half-brother, the king said the popular royal was “with his family, in his palace, under my care.”
The “sedition” in the kingdom had now been “nipped in the bud,” he said as well.
What Prince Hamzah Said
Prince Hamzah was the Crown Prince of Jordan for five years after his father, King Hussein, died in 1999. In 2004, King Abdullah stripped him of his title as heir apparent and later named his teenage son Crown Prince. , Prince Hussein bin Abdullah.
In video recordings released to the BBC last weekend, Prince Hamzah denied allegations of a plot against the government, rebuked the country’s leaders and said he was under effective house arrest with the internet and the lines had been pulled. telephone calls.
But the debacle appeared to end on Monday night when Jordan’s royal court released a document signed by Hamzah pledging allegiance to the king.
“The national interest must remain above all else, and we must all support His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its national interests, and ensure the best for the Jordanian people,” the letter read, which has the prince’s letterhead. in that.
Jordanian authorities have also relaxed a media gag order on Prince Hamzah’s case, allowing social media to re-speak on an issue that has polarized Jordanians.
Jordan is mired in economic trouble amid growing protest against alleged government corruption and mismanagement. Anger has been building among young people, who make up the majority of the population, at the state of a deteriorating economy exacerbated by the pandemic.
Unemployment and poverty rates have reached record levels. Discontent has driven Jordanians to the streets, but tolerance for the protests has decreased significantly.
CNN’s Eyad Kourdi, Caroline Faraj, Hamdi Alkhshali, and Zeena Saifi contributed to this report.