South Asia and Beyond

Plot To Remove Jordan King?

Reports from Jordan say two former senior officials and some others have been arrested for unspecified “security reasons” The official news agency Petra denied reports that former crown prince Hamzah, half brother of King Abdullah, is among those arrested. Hamzah himself in a message relayed over satellite, said he had been told that he was being punished for taking part in meetings where the king was criticised. He was, however, not accused of criticising the king.

Jordan’s army chief, however, said Hamzah had not been arrested, that he had only been advised to stop “some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan”. He said investigations are ongoing and the full details would be shared in due course of time. He also underscored that “no one is above the law and Jordan’s security and stability take precedence over any consideration.”

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It’s not clear if the authorities apprehended a coup and cracked down. Hamzah is widely respected, is seen as deeply religious and close to common people.