AMMAN – Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Wednesday that sedition was called off after a split with his half-brother and former heir Prince Hamza, whom the government accused of links to efforts to destabilize the country.
In his first statement since the case came to light, the monarch said the crisis that shook the stability of the kingdom was the “most painful” as it came from both inside and outside the kingdom. Royal family.
“Nothing comes close to what I felt – shock, pain and anger – as a brother and guardian of the Hashemite family and leader of this dear people,” King Abdullah said in a letter released by the agency state press release and read on Jordanian. television.
He said the country is now stable and secure. “Hamza is today with his family in his palace under my care,” he said.
Hamza pledged allegiance to King Abdullah on Monday evening after the royal family mediated, two days after the military warned him of actions she said undermined Jordan’s security and stability.
The government said Hamza was in liaison with people linked to foreign parties seeking to destabilize Jordan and had been under investigation for some time.
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Abdullah said he decided to deal with Hamza’s case “as part of the Hashemite family”.
“As for the other aspects, they are under investigation, in accordance with the law,” he said in the letter.
Authorities say between 14 and 16 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged plot.
Jordan on Tuesday banned all news outlets and social media users from posting any content related to the Hamza investigations. Reuters has complied with these restrictions which carry criminal penalties.
Jordan’s neighbors and allies, including Saudi Arabia, have expressed solidarity with King Abdullah for the security measures in the kingdom.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden called on King Abdullah to say that Washington supported Jordan’s actions “to preserve its security and stability,” the official Jordanian news agency reported.