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Jordan's king breaks silence after royal drama grips the country

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Jordan's King has broken his silence about a royal family fallout that rattled the country, calling the episode the "most painful" of his 22-year reign.

Amman (CNN)Jordan's King has broken his silence about a royal family fallout that rattled the country, calling the episode the "most painful" of his 22-year reign.

A popular prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, claimed to have been have been placed under effective house arrest in a video sent to media.

Authorities alleged that Prince Hamzah was part of a plot backed by unnamed foreign entities to "destabilize" the kingdom -- a claim that he has denied.

"Sedition came from within and without our one house, and nothing compares to my shock, pain, and anger as a brother and as the head of the Hashemite family, and as a leader of this proud people," said King Abdullah in a written statement released on Wednesday.

Addressing speculation on the whereabouts of Prince Hamzah, who is Abdullah's half-brother, the King said the popular royal was "with his family, at his palace, in my care. "

What Prince Hamzah said

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

In video recordings released to the BBC last weekend, Prince Hamzah denied allegations of an anti-government plot, chastised the country's leadership, and said he was under effective house arrest with internet and phone lines had been removed.

But the debacle seemed to wind down on Monday evening when Jordan's royal court released a document signed by Hamzah pledging allegiance to the king.

"The national interest must remain above all else, and we must all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its national interests, and ensure the best for the Jordanian people," reads the letter, which has the Prince's letterhead on it.

Jordanian authorities have also eased a media gag order about Prince Hamzah's case, allowing social media chatter again on a subject that has polarized Jordanians.

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