Jordan's Royal Family Feud Is Over

'We all must stand behind the king,' pledges former crown prince
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2021 6:32 AM CDT
Jordan King's Half-Brother Pledges His Loyalty
In this April 2, 2001 file photo, Jordan's King Abdullah II laughs with his brother Crown Prince Hamzeh, right, shortly before the Jordanian monarch embarked on a tour of the United States.   (AP Photo/Yousef Allan, File)

The royal feud in Jordan is apparently over. After days of uncertainty, former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein pledged loyalty to his half-brother, 59-year-old King Abdullah II, on Monday, the palace said. "The interests of the homeland must remain above every consideration. We must all stand behind the king in his efforts to protect Jordan and its national interests," Hamzah wrote in a signed letter quoted by the palace, per Reuters. Hamzah's lawyer confirmed a resolution was expected, per the AP. The former crown prince had been placed under house arrest on Saturday following accusations of a "malicious plot" to destabilize the kingdom. Hamzah, 41, had complained of corruption and decades of mismanagement but denied involvement in any attempted coup. There's no mention of a plot in a recording of him being placed under house arrest, per the Independent.

Hamzah was once considered an heir to the throne. But the late King Hussein's elder son, Abdullah II, ascended the throne with the king's death in 1999. Five years later, he stripped Hamzah of the title of crown prince, which went to Abdullah's son. "I place myself in the hands of his majesty the king … and I will always be of help and support to his majesty the king and his crown prince," Hamzah wrote in the letter, which was signed after he met with his several princes, including his late father's brother, Prince Hassan. It's unclear what will happen to the 15 or so others arrested over the alleged plot. A Saudi delegation pressed Monday for the release of Bassem Awadallah, a former head of Jordan's royal court, who also serves as an adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a move that intensified speculation of foreign involvement, per CNN and the Washington Post. (Read more Jordan stories.)

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