Jordan’s king to address nation on palace turmoil

King Abdullah is to break his silence today for the first time since news broke of an alleged plot involving his half-brother Prince Hamzah, state television says.

One day after an official news blackout on the affair, the king is expected to issue a statement to the nation to address the country’s worst political crisis in decades.

“His Majesty King Abdullah will deliver a message to Jordanians on Wednesday… after Prince Hamzah signed a letter affirming his loyalty to the king and the crown prince,” the state channel says.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament’s non-ordinary session, in Amman, Jordan, December 10, 2020. (Yousef Allan/The Royal Hashemite Court via AP)