Jordan bans social media chatter on royal household drama as king tries to attract line beneath disaster

2021-04-10 09:17:26

The saga started over the weekend, when Jordanian authorities detained round 15 individuals, together with a high-profile political determine and not less than one member of the royal household. A well-liked former crown prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, publicly criticized Jordan’s management in a video despatched to the media, and was publicly banned from political actions.

The prince, who’s the half-brother of King Abdullah, claimed to have been have been positioned beneath efficient home arrest.

Authorities stated they’d foiled a plot by which Hamzah was working in collusion with unnamed international entities to “destabilize” Jordan. The prince denied the claims and dismissed the arrest sweep as a bid to silence rising criticism of presidency corruption.

On Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities moved to impose a gag order round Hamzah’s case.

“To guard the secrecy of the investigations that safety apparatuses are finishing up, and that are related to the His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein and others, publication of something associated to (the case) has been banned at this stage of the investigation,” the state-owned Jordan Information Company reported, citing the final prosecutor Hassan al-Abdalat.

Photos and movies associated to the case have additionally been banned, the report added.

On Monday evening, King Abdullah dispatched his uncle, Prince Hassan bin Talal, who additionally served as crown prince for over 30 years, to “mediate” the dispute with the 41-year-old Prince Hamzah.

Prince Hamzah then signed a letter pledging allegiance to the king in an obvious effort to put an finish to a disaster which has plunged the nation into uncertainty.

For the reason that weekend, social media has been awash with heated debates that pitted individuals with avatars of the king in opposition to these with pictures of the prince. Hamzah enjoys common assist, and plenty of brazenly opposed his alleged detainment.

King Abdullah (L) and then-Crown Prince Hamzah pictured at at Amman airport in August 2000.

In video recordings launched on Saturday evening, Prince Hamzah chastized the nation’s management for its dealing with of Jordan’s rising financial issues and social unrest.

Prince Hamzah was crown prince for 5 years after his father, King Hussein, died in 1999. In 2004, King Abdullah stripped him of his title as inheritor obvious, naming his son Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, who was a youngster on the time, as crown prince 4 years later.

Hamzah was extensively believed to be the favourite son of King Hussein, who many in Jordan proceed to idolize, and bears an uncanny resemblance to the late monarch. He enjoys widespread assist from Jordanian tribes, which kind the spine of the nation’s monarchy.

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