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Jordan's Prince Hamzah says he will disobey army orders, won't keep silent

Jordan's Prince Hamzah says he will disobey army orders, won't keep silent”

Jordan's official media has warned that security and stability are a "red line", a day after several senior figures were detained and a half-brother of King Abdullah II said he was put under house arrest.

Videos posted online showed a heavy police deployment in the Dabouq area near the royal palaces on the edge of Amman, while former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein said he was confined to his home. He said he was speaking over satellite Internet and expected that service to be cut as well.

Some commentators said the prince's criticism of corruption in the kingdom struck a chord with many in the country.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called the monarch to affirm Cairo's "full solidarity" with Jordan and express "complete support of the recent decisions (he) has taken to ensure the stability and security of the kingdom", according to a presidency statement.

British and US-educated Hamzah bin Hussein, 41, is the youngest son of the late King Hussein and his fourth and last wife, the American-born Queen Noor. He has criticized the government in the past, accusing officials of "failed management" after they approved an income tax law in 2018.

Prince Hamza said Saturday he had been placed under house arrest and accused the country's "ruling system" of incompetence and corruption.

"Jordan is a great friend of Pakistan, peace, security and stability of Jordan is very dear to Pakistan", said Ashrafi, who is also the chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council. He said an investigation is still ongoing and its results will be made public "in a transparent and clear form".

State-run news agency Petra says among those arrested for "security reasons" were former close aide to royal family Bassem Awadallah.

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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.

The agency did not provide further details or name the others who were arrested.

He said: "The investigations had monitored interferences and communications with foreign parties over the right timing to destabilise Jordan". Jordan also has strong ties with the USA, supporting it during the Iraq War as well as its efforts against the Islamic State.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia also voiced the same support.

The State Department said, "We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials".

The US also expressed support for King Abdullah II, describing him as a key partner.

Jordan's economy has been been battered by the pandemic, which has hit hard its population of 10 million people and more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. The countries maintain close security ties, but relations have otherwise been tense in recent years, largely due to differences linked to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein was the Crown Prince in 1999-2004 before King Abdullah II's eldest son, Hussein bin Abdullah, was appointed to the position.

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