Published: Sun, April 04, 2021
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Jordan prince says he's confined, lashes out at 'ruling system'

Jordan prince says he's confined, lashes out at 'ruling system'

Jordanian authorities have foiled what they believed was an alleged coup against the King of Jordan, King Abdullah II.

In a video sent to the BBC, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein said the army chief of staff had visited him earlier in the day to tell him: "I was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or meet with them". He said that satellite internet, his remaining mode of communication, was also under threat.

In a video statement, Hamzah said he is now not allowed to leave his home or meet with other people.

"May God protect the kingdom from any harm", the statement added. I am not responsible for the lack of faith that people have in their institutions.

In a statement later on Saturday, the Jordanian Armed Forces confirmed the multiple arrests and said that Prince Hamzah had been "asked to cease all movements or activities that could be employed to target Jordan's security and stability".

General Huneiti said an investigation was ongoing and its results would be made public "in a transparent and clear form".

Huneiti affirmed that no one is above the law and that the security and stability of Jordan come first.

"Jordanian citizens, Hassan bin Zaid, Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, and others were arrested", the state news agency Petra reported, citing a security source.

Among those arrested is Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, Jordan's former royal envoy to Saudi Arabia. Awadallah also previously served as planning minister and finance minister.

State news later quoted an unnamed security official who denied reports that a 20-vehicle force had raided Hamzah's home in a suburb of West Amman, placing him under house arrest and detaining members of his security detail and members of his staff. The US State Department said the king was a "key partner" and had its full backing. Saudi Arabia, however, declares its "full support" for Abdullah II.

Jordan's former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has sent a video message through his lawyer, saying he is under house arrest and criticising the way the country is being governed.

Jordanian officials had denied reports the former Prince Hamzah was under house arrest, saying the prince had not been held and was not subject to "restrictive measures".

He has cultivated close relations with USA and other Western leaders over the years, and Jordan was a key ally in the war against the Islamic State group. It borders Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Iraq.

The country's economy has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Their well-being has been put second by a ruling system has decided that its personal interests, that its financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and futures of the more than 10 million people that live here.

Jordan made peace with Israel in 1994. Jordan is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, most of whom have Jordanian citizenship.

A growing list of Arab countries have voiced their support for King Abdullah.

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.

Abdullah had appointed his half-brother Hamzah crown prince in line with Hussein's dying wish, but in 2004 stripped him of the title and gave it to his own eldest son Hussein. The move was seen at the time as part of Abdullah's consolidation of power five years after the succession.

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