Jordan’s King Abdullah’s half-brother, Prince Hamzah bin-Hussein, was placed on house arrest after he visited with the families of COVID-19 patients.
Jordans King Abdullah’s half-brother, Prince Hamzah bin-Hussein, was placed on house arrest after he visited with the families of COVID-19 patients.
According to Reuters, it was that visit that triggered a response from Jordans monarchy. A senior official called the event the straw that broke the camels back, as it followed a visit King Abdullah made to the hospital in which he reprimanded staff concerning the deaths of nine patients.
People familiar with the situation told the outlet that the Prince’s visit was viewed as undermining King Abdullah’s authority and resulted in Hamzah being placed under house arrest earlier this month. Hamzah at the time reported not being able to communicate with other people or go out for meetings during his arrest.
(Jordanians) wellbeing has been put second by a ruling system that has decided that its personal interests, financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and future of the ten million people who live here, he said, according to Reuters.
Both Hamzah and King Abdullah publicly reconciled following the incident, Reuters reported. However, experts have said that tensions have once again risen as a result of Jordan’s struggle with joblessness and a rise in coronavirus-related deaths.
The family feud is over, yet we have to address the issues that prompted it … unemployment, COVID-19 management and poverty, Jawad al Anani, who served as the last royal court chief under the late King Hussein, told Reuters. These are the causes (of) … the frustration that pushes people to follow their own idols.