Jordan’s King Abdullah has addressed the rare public rift within the royal family for the first time, saying the “sedition” that caused him “pain and anger” has been buried.
In a statement broadcast to the nation on Wednesday, the king addressed Jordan’s worst political crisis in decades, sparked by an alleged plot involving his half-brother Prince Hamzah.
The crisis in the royal family erupted during the weekend when Jordan’s military chief of staff visited Prince Hamzah and warned him to stop attending meetings with critics of the government. Things quickly escalated, with Hamzah accusing the security establishment of threatening him and ordering the general to leave his home.
The former crown prince said he was then held under house arrest, and authorities detained 18 other people, including former senior officials.
The government accused Hamzah of being part of a “malicious plot” to destabilize the country with foreign support, but the following day, it said the royal family had resolved the dispute.