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Jordan’s King Abdullah says ‘painful’ palace disaster is over

Jordan’s King Abdullah broke his silence Wednesday to inform his nation that the worst political disaster in a long time sparked by an alleged put of dwelling involving his half of-brother Prince Hamzah turned into over.

The federal government had accused Hamzah — a frail crown prince who turned into sidelined as inheritor to the throne in 2004 — of involvement in a conspiracy to “destabilise the kingdom’s security” and arrested no longer lower than 16 people.

But Abdullah mentioned Wednesday that Hamzah, who has signed a letter pledging his loyalty to the king following mediation by an uncle, turned into protected in his palace below his “care”.

“I snarl to you at the present time, my household and my tribe… to be sure you that the sedition has been nipped in the bud, and that our proud Jordan is protected and stable,” Abdullah mentioned in an handle read out in his title on affirm television, a day after an legit news blackout on the affair.

“The notify over the final few days turned into no longer the most mighty or bad to the soundness of our nation, nonetheless to me, it turned into the most painful,” he mentioned, in accordance to an legit English translation launched after the broadcast.

“Sedition came from internal and without our one rental,” he added.

In using the words “from internal”, it turned into no longer decided whether the king turned into regarding actors in the royal household or the broader kingdom.

International Minister Ayman Safadi on Sunday charged that the plotters had linked up with international occasions, nonetheless had declined to title them.

‘Shock, anguish and anger’

Reacting to the occasions, Abdullah mentioned he felt “shock, anguish and anger, as a brother and because the pinnacle of the Hashemite household, and as a trot-setter of this proud people”.

Hamzah turned into appointed crown prince in 1999 in maintaining alongside with his father’s needs, nonetheless Abdullah stripped him of the title in 2004 and named his eldest son in Hamzah’s popularity.

After claiming he turned into place below rental arrest Saturday, Hamzah had made intensive exercise of gentle and social media to lash out against his grief.

He accused Jordan’s rulers of corruption and ineptitude in a video message printed by the BBC on Saturday.

But after a assertion voicing his loyalty to the king on Monday, Abdullah mentioned Wednesday that Hamzah had supplied his motivate for the monarchy.

“Hamzah at the present time is alongside with his household, at his palace, in my care,” Abdullah mentioned in his handle.

“Prince Hamzah pledged earlier than the household to notice in the steps of the ancestors, live staunch to their mission, and to place Jordan’s passion, structure, and felony pointers above all considerations.”

A probe into the occasions continues, the king mentioned.

“As for the more than just a few sides, they are below investigation, per the law… in a manner that guarantees justice and transparency,” he added.

The disaster had laid naked divisions in a great-Western nation on the final viewed as a bulwark of balance in the Center East.

Jordan borders Israel and the occupied West Bank, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It hosts US troops and is dwelling to hundreds and hundreds of exiled Palestinians and better than half of a million Syrian refugees.

The ruling monarchy had mentioned it turned into settling the topic “contained in the framework of the Hashemite household”.


US President Joe Biden known as Abdullah Wednesday to precise his “stable motivate” for the monarch, and “underscore the importance of King Abdullah II’s leadership to the USA and the gap,” the White House mentioned in an announcement.

Well-known Gulf powers, Russia, Egypt and the Arab League contain all pledged motivate for Abdullah, and on Wednesday, European Price chief Ursula von der Leyen visited Amman.

After meeting with Abdullah, she mentioned the EU turned into “difficult to continue its lengthy-term partnership and make contributions to prosperity and balance”.

The king’s handle adopted orders issued Tuesday by Amman prosecutor Hassan al-Abdallat that banned the newsletter of any files about the alleged put of dwelling in discuss in confidence to motivate the protection services’ investigation secret.

Jordan’s media turned into instructed to assist for legit statements earlier than publishing anything else about those arrested.

Wednesday morning’s newspapers had been dominated by the scoot to the day earlier than of Saudi International Minister Faysal Bin Farhan with a message from King Salman, and by developments in the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the nation.

Mustafa al-Riyalat, editor-in-chief of decent-government newspaper Addustour, mentioned Jordanians “all feel reassured, because or no longer it’s as if nothing took popularity.”

In the streets, Jordanians voiced relief.

“When the disaster erupted on Saturday, there turned into no person in the streets. Of us had been fearful,” mentioned Shady, 41, who owns a clothing store in the capital Amman. 

“But thank God, it turned into resolved contained in the royal palace.”

But Ahmed Awad, of the Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Studies, warned that the disaster turned into no longer but over.

“There turned into a resolution contained in the royal household, nonetheless no longer a resolution to the political disaster,” he mentioned. 

“The staunch political disaster… will continue except there are more democratic reforms.”


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