Amman, Jordan (AP) —The half-brother of King Abdullah II of Jordan was asked to “stop some movements and activities used to aim for the safety and stability of Jordan,” said the country’s highest. The general is close to the ruling monarchy mentioned in the arrest of a former senior official on Saturday.
Details remained uncertain, but internal unrest was in the United States and other Western nations, which had long regarded Jordan-dominated monarchy as a major military ally and a stable fortress in volatile regions. Ring the alarm bell in between.
Army General Staff General Youssef Funati denied reports that Prince Hamza, the half-brother of the King, who was also the former Crown Prince, was arrested. He said the investigation was still underway and the results would be published “in a transparent and clear manner.”
“No one is beyond the law, and Jordan’s safety and stability are of utmost importance,” he told the official Petra press.
Petra previously reported that two senior officials who had previously worked in the palace were arrested for “safety reasons,” but did not provide details.
Petra reported that Saudi Arabia’s former royal envoy, Sharif Hassan bin Zayed, and former Royal Courts of Justice Secretary Basem Ibrahim Awadara were detained. Awadara was previously also Minister of Planning and Finance.
Authorities did not provide further details or name others arrested.
“We are closely tracking reports and keeping in touch with Jordanian authorities,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. “King Abdullah is an important partner in the United States and he has our full support.”
Abdullah has ruled Jordan since his father, King Hussein, died in 1999. King Hussein ruled the country for nearly half a century. The King has built close ties with the United States and other Western leaders over the years, and Jordan has been a major ally of the war with Islamic State groups. The country borders Israel, the occupied west coast, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Jordan’s economy has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak. With a population of about 10 million, the country also welcomes more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.
Jordan made peace with Israel in 1994, but relations have become tense in recent years, primarily due to differences related to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Jordan is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, most of whom have Jordanian citizenship.
Abdullah stripped his half-brother Hamza’s title as Crown Prince in 2004 and “released him from the restrictions of the Crown Prince’s position to give you the freedom to work and take on duties and responsibilities.” He said he decided to do it. I’ll leave it to you. “
The current crown prince is Abdullah’s eldest son, Hussein, 26 years old.
Abdullah chose Hamza as the crown prince hours after his father died of cancer in February 1999. The designation was made in honor of Hussein, who is known to have been the most supportive of Hamza among the 11 children in four marriages.
Abdullah and Hamzah haven’t shown an open rivalry for years.