Jordan’s top military authorities has rejected reports that the king’s half-brother has been arrested as part of an alleged coup attempt against the queen.
However Major General Yousef Huneiti did say that Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein was asked to stop “motions and activities that are utilized to target” the security and stability of Jordan.
It followed The Washington Post reported that the prince had actually been apprehended, while a video professing to him under house arrest was dripped to a number of broadcasters.
But in a statement posted by Jordan’s state news company, it was stated that Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, another member of the royal family, and Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah, a former confidant of King Abdullah II, had actually been arrested.
Hamza bin Al-Hussein was a previous crown prince of Jordan, however was eliminated as beneficiary to the throne by King Abdullah in 2004 in what was seen as a debt consolidation of power.
The custom of the judgment Hashemite dynasty under the 1952 constitution gives the crown to the eldest boy, however the emperor retains the option of naming a brother to be next in line.
The pair share a father in the late King Hussein, however have various mothers.
Mr Awadallah previously served as a finance minister and chief of the royal court, before he resigned in 2008.
He has actually also served as an advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Any political turbulence in Jordan will be of issue to its allies in the West, with the nation having been seen as a beacon of stability in the Middle East.
The United States state department has currently provided the king, who has cultivated close relations with Washington and been an essential ally in the war against Islamic State, its “full assistance”.
King Abdullah has actually ruled Jordan – which borders Israel, the Palestinian areas, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia – considering that the 1999 death of his dad, King Hussein, who ruled the nation for close to half a century.
Jordan’s economy has actually been damaged by the pandemic, which has hit hard its population of 10 million people and more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.
Jordan is likewise house to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, the majority of whom have Jordanian citizenship.
Given that the start of the pandemic, the Jordanian intelligence firm has played a larger part in public life. This change has been condemned by civil liberties groups.
Riot authorities last month broke up a demonstrations in the city of Amman, and other areas that were marking the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring.