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Jordan bans social media chatter on royal family drama as king tries to draw line under crisis

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Jordan has imposed a ban on the publication of anything related to the royal family drama that has rattled the country in recent days, as the king moves to draw a line under the crisis.

A popular former crown prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, publicly criticized Jordan's leadership in a video sent to the media, and was publicly banned from political activities.

"To protect the secrecy of the investigations that security apparatuses are carrying out, and which are connected to the His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein and others, publication of anything related to (the case) has been banned at this stage of the investigation," the state-owned Jordan News Agency reported, citing the general prosecutor Hassan al-Abdalat.

On Monday night, King Abdullah dispatched his uncle, Prince Hassan bin Talal, who also served as crown prince for over 30 years, to "mediate" the dispute with the 41-year-old Prince Hamzah.

Prince Hamzah then signed a letter pledging allegiance to the king in an apparent effort to put an end to a crisis which has plunged the country into uncertainty.

In video recordings released on Saturday night, Prince Hamzah chastized the country's leadership for its handling of Jordan's growing economic problems and social unrest.

Prince Hamzah was crown prince for five years after his father, King Hussein, died in 1999.

In 2004, King Abdullah stripped him of his title as heir apparent, naming his son Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, who was a teenager at the time, as crown prince four years later.

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