Over the past week, conflict has erupted within the Jordanian royal family. This came after the British BBC participated in a recording in which the former Jordanian crown prince, Hamzah, accuses his half-brother Abdullah’s regime of corruption, incompetence and harassment – as well as severe restrictions on freedom of expression.
Hamzah also claimed that he was under house arrest, which was denied by Jordanian Army Commander Yusef Al-Huneiti.
Calls to call
On Monday, it was reported that King Abdullah invited his half-brother for talks. This came after Prince Hamzah signed a document stating that “everyone should stand behind the king in his efforts to defend Jordan and the country’s interests,” according to the TT news agency.
The official comment from the royal palace states that Prince Hamzah and King Abdullah’s uncle Prince Hassan will be responsible for the Hamzah case – and that the conflict will take place within the framework of the ruling Hashemite family.
Accusations to third parties
On Good Friday, there was news that Prince Hamzah had been interrogated regarding external contacts. Meanwhile, security forces have reportedly arrested about 20 senior Jordanian executives.
Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi accused Prince Hamzah or his aides of communicating with foreign parties and of activities that undermine Jordan’s stability, according to TT.
Saudi Arabia renews its support
After news of the dispute, King Abdullah II received support from nearly every country in the region – such as Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia – but also from political powers of global weight such as the United States, Britain, and the Arab countries. League.
On Tuesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan expressed his country’s continued support for Jordan. The Saudi foreign minister is in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to meet with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.