BEIRUT (AP) – Jordan’s Prince Hamza said in a recording released on Monday that he would oppose government threats ordering him to stay at home following public accusations he made against his half-brother, King Abdullah. in a conspiracy to destabilize the kingdom. II.
The recording, which was circulated online, shows that tensions remain between the high king’s former heir to the throne, Hamza.
The United States has switched to Abdullah, a close ally in the volatile region. Jordan borders Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, occupied by the Jordan River.
Jordanian authorities said on Sunday that they had thwarted Hamza’s “malicious conspiracy” with foreign aid. Hamza denied any role, saying he was being targeted for speaking out against corruption and mismanagement.
“The head of the army headquarters came to me and made threats on behalf of the heads of the security agencies,” Hamza said in the recording. “I recorded his comment, distributed it to my foreign acquaintances, like him to my family, if something happened.”
“I do not want to get upset now, but of course I will not obey when he says to me, ‘You are not allowed to go out, tweet or connect with people, you are only allowed to see family members,'” he said. “When the head of the army headquarters says that, I think it is unacceptable.”
The authenticity of the recording was confirmed by a person close to the prince, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. The person said that the recording was made a few days ago, after the head of the army threatened the prince.
The chief of staff of the Jordanian army, General Youssef Hunayti, said on Monday that the country’s armed forces and security agencies “have the strength and experience” to deal with any developments that may occur internally or in the region.
He commented on the Shield of the Nation exercise, which involved several brigades, special forces, border guards, and the Royal Air Force in the eastern part of the kingdom.
The exercises were probably not related to the incidents that took place over the weekend, as such exercises are planned in advance.
Hunnett said that the troops will stand with anyone who “tries to endanger the security of the nation, to terrify its citizens, to threaten the security and stability of the kingdom.”
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that on Sunday the prince made recordings and passed them on to foreign sources. He did not elaborate on the alleged plot, nor did he say that other countries were allegedly involved. But he said 14 to 16 Hamza sympathizers had been arrested, in addition to Basim Awadullah, a former government minister, the one-time head of the royal court, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family.
The move by the US կառավար Arab governments to orient Abdullah quickly reflected Jordan’s strategic importance. At home, Hamza’s unprecedented criticism of the ruling class, without naming the king, could fuel growing grievances in Jordan over human rights abuses and human rights abuses.
Abdullah and Hamza are both sons of King Hussein, who remains a beloved figure two decades after his death. After ascending the throne in 1999, Abdullah named Hamza heir to the throne, only to relinquish the title five years later.
Although the two are said to have a generally good relationship, Hamza has from time to time spoken out against the government’s policies and recently established ties with powerful tribal leaders, which was seen as a threat to the king.
Associated Press writers Seyra El Dib in Beirut և Joseph Կ Krauss ներդր contributed to Jerusalem.