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Jordan king, prince appear together for first time

International desk || shiningbd

Published: 09:06, 12 April 2021   Update: 09:35, 12 April 2021
Jordan king, prince appear together for first time

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, centre, Prince Hamzah, second left, and others visit the tomb of the late King Hussein to mark the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his half-brother Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein have made their first joint public appearance since a palace feud last week.

On Sunday, members of the Jordanian royal family marked the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan, a British protectorate that preceded the kingdom.

The royal palace released a photo with Abdullah II, Prince Hamzah, Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II and other dignitaries at the grave of King Talal in Amman, Jordan’s capital.

Hamzah, the former crown prince, was seen for the first time since he was placed under a form of house arrest amid accusations he was involved in a plot to destabilise the kingdom.

The king and the prince had a rare public rift last week, with Abdullah II portraying it as an act of sedition involving his half-brother and two other senior officials. Hamzah denied the allegations.

At least 18 other people were detained in connection with the plot.

But Abdullah said on Wednesday that Hamzah, who has signed a letter pledging his loyalty to the king following mediation by an uncle, was safe in his palace under his “care”.

In an address read out in his name on state television, the king added that “sedition has been nipped in the bud”.

Abdullah and Hamzah are sons of the late King Al Hussein bin Talal, who ruled for almost half a century until his death in 1999.

Hamzah had been appointed crown prince and heir to the throne in 1999 in line with his father’s wishes, but Abdullah stripped him of the title in 2004 and named his eldest son Hussein in Hamzah’s place.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi then charged that a group of plotters had linked up with foreign parties to destabilise Jordan, but declined to identify them.