Prince Hamzah is a popular figure in Jordan and is seen as religious and humble in his interactions with the common people.
The fate of Hamdah bin Al Hussein, Jordan’s former crown prince, is unclear. He is reportedly under house arrest.
A Jordanian military official, however, said Prince Hamzah, 41, had been instructed to suspend “activities aimed at undermining Jordan’s security and stability.”
The ruling family of Jordan is descended from the Prophet Muhammad of Islam. Prince Hamzah was born on March 29, 1960 in the capital Amman. He is the half-brother of King Abdullah II.
When their father, King Al Hussein bin Talal, was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, Abdullah, 59, was crowned and Hamza was named Crown Prince of Jordan.
The title was out of respect for King Hussein, who ruled for nearly 50 years and is said to have supported Hamza the most of his 11 children from four marriages.
However, five years later, King Abdullah removed him from the title and gave it to his own eldest son, Al Hussein bin Abdullah II.
King Abdullah says that he decided to free “Prince Hamzah” from the constraints of the crown prince’s position in order to give you the freedom to work and in whatever mission or responsibility I have given you.
However, the decision was seen as a step towards strengthening King Abdullah’s power.
There is no open competition
Speaking in English in a video passed by his lawyer to the BBC, Prince Hamza said he was Not part of any conspiracy And condemned the ruling system as corrupt.
“[Jordanians’] Mars has been given second place by a governing body that has decided that its personal interests, financial interests, that the amount of corruption here is more important than the lives, dignity and future of the 10 million people living here, ”he said.
Abdullah and Hamza have not had any open rivalry for many years. The video-taped statement shows a portrait of King Hussein on the wall behind the prince, who currently has no official position.
Hamzah is a popular figure in Jordan. In contact with the common people and similar to his beloved father, the late King Hussein, he is seen as religious and humble. He has criticized the government in the past, accusing officials of “failing management” after the passage of an income tax law in 2018.
Prince Hamza is not seen as a major threat to the Jordanian monarchy and has been marginalized for years, but the move against him represents the first incident involving a close member of the royal family since King Abdullah ascended the throne.
Authorities have been increasingly concerned about his efforts to establish relations with dissidents within the powerful Jordanian tribe.
These people, known as Herak, have called for anti-corruption protests in a country in recent weeks, with the economy severely damaged by the effects of CVD-19, lowering unemployment to record levels and deepening poverty. Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. “
The tribes that dominated the security forces formed the basis of support for the Hashemite monarchy in the state.
Prince Hamzah often photographed meetings with tribal figures, and was especially popular among the tribes and the East Bank Jordanians for his invisible resemblance to his father, who was a favorite of many in the kingdom.
His recent meetings with tribal leaders across Jordan and his 201 Twitter posts, including “O my country”, sparked outrage in the state. His visit to the tribal elders at their invitation was widely seen as a way to show his relevance and closeness to the people.