Prince Hamza of Jordan renounces his royal title, protesting…


By Suleiman Al-Khalidi

Hamza was accused last April of trying to destabilize the monarchy in a foreign-inspired plot, but was spared after pledging allegiance to King Abdullah, his half-brother. Read the full story

In the letter posted on his Twitter account, Hamza said that what he had witnessed in recent years had made it difficult for him to endorse the policies carried out by Jordanian institutions.

“I have come to the conclusion that my personal belief and the principles my father (late King Hussein) instilled in me do not conform to the modern way, guidelines and methods of our institutions,” he said. he writes.

Hamza, 42, was named crown prince when King Hussein died in 1999 and Abdullah became king, but lost that title five years later when Abdullah installed his own son as heir.

Last year he was placed under house arrest after charges of corruption and authoritarian rule. The dispute has shaken Jordan’s image as a haven of stability in the unpredictable Middle East.

A former chief royal adviser and a minor royal were later sentenced to 15 years in prison for their involvement in an alleged plot to bring Hamza to power.

Hamza issued an apology last month in which he pledged not to act against the interests of Jordan’s leaders. Read the full story

His statement on Sunday was brief, saying he would continue to serve Jordan in his private life, without mentioning the king or any future role for himself.

Released on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it was peppered with religious terms likely to appeal to conservative Jordanians whose support appears to have been courted by Hamza over the years.

Last year’s crisis prompted major Western and regional powers to rally behind King Abdullah in rare public support for a staunch US ally that plays a central role in regional security.

The monarch said the crisis had been “most painful” because it came from both within the royal family and outside.

(Reporting by Suleiman al Khalidi, Additional reporting by Ahmad Elhamy; Editing by Dominic Evans and Kevin Liffey)


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