Jordan’s dynastic crisis was short-lived. At least in appearance, because the psychodrama that unfolded this weekend in the princely palaces of Amman had been brewing for much longer.
This Tuesday, April 6, Jordan continued to seek to close this sedition case in which the half-brother of King Abdullah II, Prince Hamza, former heir to the throne, would be involved. Banning the publication of any information about the research, or even cutting off the Internet in some places, The power seeks to quell the existing tensions within the royal family and exposed in full light this weekend, to the surprise of the Jordanians.
On Saturday, April 3, rumors of an aborted coup rustled through the streets of Amman. Prince Hamza, the eldest son of King Hussein, who died in 1999, is under house arrest, as is his mother, Queen Noor. At 41, he is accused of having participated in an “evil” plot. The authorities accuse him in particular of having accused the power instead of “corruption” and “incompetence”.
A “dead root” sedition
What’s more, Prince Hamza refused to obey court orders cease their “activities” and restrict their movements. In a conversation recorded and broadcast on Twitter on Sunday, he said: “I am sure I will not obey (the orders of the Chief of Staff) when he tells me that I am not allowed to go out, tweet, communicate with people.” and that I am only allowed to see my family. “
After accusing Prince Hamza of having collaborated with a “foreign power”, In an attempt to destabilize the kingdom, Deputy Prime Minister Aymane Safadi said on Sunday that “sedition” had been “nipped in the bud.” It reported the arrest of 15 people, including Bassem Awadallah, a former adviser to the king.
Hamza lines up
On Monday night, under pressure, Hamza finally lined up, reaffirming his loyalty to the king. “I will be faithful to the heritage of my ancestors, both to His Majesty the King and to their Crown Prince, and I will make myself available to help and support them”, wrote in a statement.
A few hours earlier, the two men had sealed their reconciliation with the help of another member of the royal family. Prince Hassan ben Talal, 74, had been Crown Prince of Jordan from 1965 to 1999. King Hussein had replaced the latter, a few days before his death, with his son Abdullah II now on the throne.
Because that’s what it’s about. Elected crown prince on the death of his father in 1999, Hamza was removed from office in 2004, in favor of Hussein’s eldest son: Abdullah II. According to experts, the pretender to the throne had to give in at the time, but would not have denied his harsh criticism of the way the country is run. The political crisis in Jordan may be just beginning.