World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 03:00 am

Jordan prince told to stop “destabilising activities” after more than a dozen arrests

Prince Hamza is the half-brother of King Abdullah II, who has ruled Jordan since 1999.

In an unprecedented move, Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi has accused Prince Hamza, the former crown prince and half-brother of King Abdullah, of plotting with foreign and local parties to destabilise the country.After his sacking the following year, he took up a business career in the Gulf, and is believed to have spent the last few years working as a consultant for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, advising him on the privatisation of Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil company.On Sunday, Hamza’s mother, Queen Noor, took to Twitter to describe the allegations against her son as “wicked slander,” as his supporters defended him, claiming he was being set up by the king and his son, Crown Prince Hussein, to intimidate Abdullah’s critics and cover up for the government’s corruption and economic mismanagement.Relations between the Israel and Jordan have deteriorated in recent weeks amid a very public spat between Netanyahu and Abdullah, following Netanyahu’s refusal to allow Crown Prince Hussein to visit the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem with his own security detail last month, prompting Hussein to cancel his visit.

Bin Zaid is a distant relation of the Jordanian royal family with extensive business activities in Riyadh, where he once served as King Abdullah’s special envoy to Saudi Arabia.Relations have soured in recent years as Abdullah refused to allow Saudi Arabia to mount air strikes against Syria from Jordanian territory or support Riyadh in its dispute with Qatar, leading to a lengthy freeze on Saudi aid to Jordan.

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