Former Jordanian Crown Prince 'under house arrest'

Jordan arrests ex-palace aide, others for ‘security’ reasons

Jordan prince was asked to stop destabilizing ‘activities’

"The secretary-general of the Arab League expressed full solidarity with the measures taken by the Jordanian leadership to maintain the security of the kingdom and maintain the stability", the Arab League said in a statement on its Facebook page, citing Ahmed Aboul Gheit. "What we do know is that there are some mediocre people who are running the show when it comes to politics and, after yesterday, the government is under even more pressure to make themselves seem credible".

What was the reaction in Jordan? .

Prince Hamzah denies any wrongdoing and asserts that he is not part of any conspiracy.

And on Twitter said she prays for justice for innocent victims. God bless them and keep them, "she tweeted".

Almost 20 arrests were made, and an intelligence official said more would follow. He claimed the prince recorded the conversations, passed them to foreign sources and issued his video message "in an attempt to distort facts and to gain sympathy domestically and internationally".

On Saturday the military said it had issued a warning to the prince over actions targeting "security and stability" in the key USA ally. He said the prince's activities amounted to "incitement and efforts to mobilize citizens against the state".

Awadallah, a former finance and planning minister educated in the United States, was close to the king but has also been a controversial figure in Jordan. He was also an adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The official emphasized that an investigation is ongoing to determine the involvement of the prince and foreign parties that threatened Jordan's security and stability.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry voiced support for King Abdullah and the government of Jordan, and said that it was watching developments with concern. The BBC says it received the statement from Hamzah's lawyer.

"There is nothing local I can see that triggered this so there could be the foreign element", said the former minister.

Hamzah slammed the Jordanian government over what he said was a responsibility for the country's deteriorating human rights situation.

Labib Kamhawi, a Jordanian analyst, told the Associated Press that Hamzah likely crossed a line for the royal family by indicating he might be an alternative to the long-ruling king. "This file is now more or less closed".

The developments are likely to rock Jordan's image as an island of stability in the turbulent Middle East. King Abdullah removed Prince Hamza from his position as heir to the throne in 2004, in a move that consolidated his power.

The United States, the United Kingdom and Gulf allies rallied behind the king, highlighting Jordan's strategic importance in the region.

"We support the decisions taken by King Abdullah II to preserve Jordan's security and ensure its stability and unity".

"We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials".

Jordan, a country of some 10 million people, has been shaken by a series of crises in recent years, from the rise of the Islamic State group in neighboring countries to an influx of Syrian refugees and an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "As of now, there is no such indication", Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and now senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), told Israel's Army Radio.

Ibrahim noted that former Prince Hamzah's criticism of corruption and the country's ruling elite "does resonate with some of the king's critics domestically".

Amman-based journalist Rana Sweis told DW that Prince Hamzah's video appeal was "unprecedented".

FILE - In this December 10, 2020 photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan. The king has cultivated close relations with USA and other Western leaders over the years, and Jordan was a key ally in the war against the Islamic State group.

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