Hamza, the Jordanian prince who no longer wants to rule (nor can)

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Queen Rania’s husband in front of Queen Noor’s son. The game of throne that destabilized 60-year-old Abdullah II has apparently ended with the resignation of his half-brother, the eldest son of the fourth and final marriage of a common father: King Hussein of Jordan, who died in 1999 Was. Prince Hamza, The 42-year-old, who was named heir to the throne when his half-brother came to the throne, has renounced the dynastic title in a published letter. Twitter on Sunday. Suspected of treason in a conspiracy “inspired by a foreign country”, which ended with a member of the royal family and a former minister behind bars, he is de facto under house arrest since April 2021.

“I have come to the conclusion that the beliefs and principles my father instilled in me are no longer related to the flow that our institutions follow”, justifying his departure from the dynastic line from which he was removed in 2004 was given. The eldest son of the Queen and Abdullah, the current Crown Prince Hussein, at 27, created a family of his own in favor.

Descent and the right to the throne do not always run parallel in Arab monarchies, which, above all, maintain the stability of the throne in the face of the last reigns. King Hussein himself bestowed the title of heir to his brother, Prince Hassan, before choosing, already on his death, between Abdullah, the first of his male descendants, and his favorite son, the then teenage Hamza. He chose to have a first-born son with his second wife, British-born Princess Muna, with American-born Jordanian Noor. According to tradition, the designation of Hamza as heir by Abdullah, was a family agreement that facilitated succession to the Hashemite monarchy.

The decision pleased the Dowager consort Nur, but the new queen Rania soon asserted the right to the first blood of her first child. Since then, the relationship between the two half-brothers has deteriorated. A year earlier, a treason attempt intensified dynastic tensions in an oasis of calm and security that Jordan aspires to represent amid turmoil in the Middle East. Known as an exotic tourist destination and for the coated-paper glamor of its royalty, the country bordering the east bank of the Jordan River is no stranger to Bedouin-Palestinian identity riots, political and social unrest, and palace intrigues .

Members of the Hashemite royal family at an event in Amman on Sunday.  In the first row, on the right, King Abdullah II.  In another, Prince Hamza in the center.
Members of the Hashemite royal family at an event in Amman on Sunday. In the first row, on the right, King Abdullah II. In another, Prince Hamza in the center.Joseph Allen / FE

Analysts in the Jordan Press have now highlighted the contradiction between the request for an apology that the former crown prince had personally presented to the monarch a month earlier, and that he resigned, according to a statement from the Royal House. made public on social media, coincides with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He now confines himself to declaring that he will continue to serve his country “through private activity”. He was sorry at first. “I was wrong, Your Majesty, and it is human to make a mistake,” he wrote in the letter released in March. “However, I take responsibility for the acts I have done [contra el rey]And I apologize to the people of Jordan”, he said.

The fraternity’s hereditary dispute over Haman’s throne also hides the fractured failure of a nation that has just celebrated a century since its creation. Transjordan, established under the colonial administration of the United Kingdom at the end of World War II, was designed to welcome Bedouin tribes outside the British mandate over the present-day territories of Israel and Palestine.

Abdullah II’s marriage to the Palestinian Rania, who was born in exile into a family that fled after the birth of the Jewish state in 1948, largely marks the settlement between the country’s two great communities. Prince Hamza, for his part, represents a defense of the privileges of Herak, Bedouin tribal fraternities, who watch with concern the transformation of Jordan into an increasingly diverse society.

Last summer, a military court sentenced Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a member of the royal family and childhood friend of the emperor, and former minister and royal adviser Bassam Avdala to 15 years in prison for their involvement in a conspiracy to treason. Prince Hamza. Both also have Saudi nationality and have maintained a close relationship with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and a really strong man in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman.

When Hamza was besieged Muzabert (intelligence services) Jordan released a year ago Video via British network BBC In which he denounced “the mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption that has prevailed in Jordan for 15 years”. He has not been seen in public for a few days after the broadcast of the recording, he attended a ceremony in honor of the ancestor of the Hashemite dynasty with the rest of the royal family.

Luxury houses abroad not declared by the king

where did it go Pandora’s Papers, A leak obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an analysis of which EL PAÍS collaborated on, revealed last October that Abdala II owns 14 unannounced luxury homes, distributed throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. The properties were acquired through shell companies registered in the tax haven, and their total value exceeds 96 million euros. Accommodations include a house in Ascot, UK, where horse racing, a favorite of the British aristocracy, is held; various apartments in central London; Another four luxury apartments in Washington, United States, with panoramic views of the Potomac River, and three adjacent waterfront homes in Point Dume, near Los Angeles, California.

Jordan’s economy has been withering for some time, with an unemployment rate of over 25% (40% among those under 30), and more than a million Syrian refugees in its care among its 10 million residents. The consequences of the war in neighboring Iraq and Syria hastened its decline as a commercial crossroads. And the new territorial order that emerged from the so-called Abrahamic Agreement (signed by Israel and the Gulf and Maghreb monarchy to deal with Iran) has removed the old Jordanian island of stability in the Middle East’s turbulent waters.

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