While the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, said that Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein – half-brother of the Jordanian monarch King Abdullah and the former crown prince – and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid planned with others to destabilize the country, the Jordanian street is still waiting to know the details of the events in the country During the past hours.
In a press conference, the Jordanian minister indicated that the security services had monitored during the last period contacts of Prince Hamzah’s close circle with foreign parties, including the Jordanian opposition abroad, accusing them of plotting to destabilize Jordan.
The Jordanian authorities announced the arrest of a large number of persons, on Saturday 3 April, for “security reasons”, without clarifying the nature of those reasons, and what the detainees were planning for. However, the Chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Yusef Ahmad Al-Huneiti, who announced the arrests, said that investigations are continuing, and their results will be revealed, stressing that all measures taken were carried out within the framework of the law.
The Jordanian authorities said that among the detainees was Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, and the former head of the royal court, Bassem Ibrahim Awad Allah and others, while Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein said in a video tape that he sent to the BBC, that he is in detention at his home, despite his denial The Jordanian authorities said that, and the statement issued by the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff said that Prince Hamzah was asked to stop the movements and activities that were used to target Jordan’s security and stability, according to what the investigations revealed.
In his video, which he sent to the BBC, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein said that he is under house arrest, and that he was asked to stay at home and not contact anyone. Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein added that he was not part of any foreign conspiracy, but he He denounced the ruling system and described it as corrupt, pointing out that what happened represents a very sad and unfortunate turn.
Preoccupation with defining what happened
Many Jordanians are busy, and several internal and international media outlets are busy trying to define what developments Jordan has witnessed during the past hours, and at a time when the Jordanian authorities confirm that what happened is not a coup attempt as described by several external media, there are some Of observers and the media, in their classification of what happened, ranging from saying that it was a coup attempt or a kind of conspiracy.
In a special session of the Jordanian National Assembly, held on Sunday April 4, the Speaker of Parliament, Abdel Moneim Al-Awdat, said, “Our country yesterday firmly resolved the attempt to undermine our security and stability.” For his part, the Speaker of the Senate, Faisal Al-Fayez, said that Jordan will “firmly confront every trembling hand that seeks to tamper with its security,” adding that “Jordan and the king are a red line.”
The official Jordanian newspaper, Al-Rai, responded to those who say that what Jordan has witnessed is an attempted coup and said that “some are trying to delude a coup attempt in Jordan, and they are trying to throw Prince Hamzah into their ill wishes.” They were being used to target the security and stability of Jordan. “
At a time when the Jordanian authorities and the official Jordanian media deny that what happened was a coup attempt, Reuters news agency quoted an American official, describing him as familiar with the events in Jordan, as saying that the “conspiracy”, which he described as credible and widespread, but Not imminent, not an “actual coup”. Instead, he added, those involved were planning to press for protests, which appear to be a “popular uprising with the presence of the masses in the street,” with tribal support, he said.
Why Prince Hamzah?
Reuters says that Prince Hamzah is not seen as a major threat to the Jordanian monarchy, and he was marginalized for years after his removal from the crown prince in 2004, but the measure that was taken against him represents the first such incident involving a member of the royal family, since the arrival of the king. Abdullah to the throne.
Reuters adds that the interest of the Jordanian authorities has increased in Prince Hamzah’s efforts to establish relations with disaffected people within powerful tribes, and that these people, known as the Harak, have called in recent weeks for protests against corruption, in a country severely affected by the impact of Covid-19 on The economy, which led to high unemployment to record levels, exacerbated poverty, and the authorities quelled several demonstrations and arrested dozens.
It is noteworthy that Prince Hamzah remained Crown Prince of Jordan, since the death of his father, King Hussein, and his older brother, Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, assumed the throne of the country in 1999, and until November of 2004, when he was exempted to “enjoy the freedom to accomplish other tasks.” It was assigned to him, at that time. “
The Jordanian constitution stipulates that the mandate of the covenant is entrusted to the eldest son of the king, meaning that Prince Hamzah’s position in this position was an exception to the constitutional rule, and his removal from the position was a translation of the constitution, and according to the constitution, he became the eldest son of King Abdullah II, Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, He is automatically crown prince of the country after his uncle Prince Hamzah was removed from the post, but the Jordanian monarch confirmed the matter by announcing that his son would assume the position, in 2009.
How do you see the developments and arrests in Jordan during the last hours?
What is your closest description of what happened, a coup attempt, a conspiracy, or something else?
Do you see that there are foreign hands in what Jordan has witnessed?
How do you see the regional and international support for King Abdullah after these events?
What is the effect of what happened on the Jordanian street? How can it be bypassed?
We will discuss these and other topics with you in the episode of Sunday, April 5.
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