UK paper: Saudis may have played role in Jordanian plot against throne

The Guardian reports that Jordanian Prince Hamzah bin Hussein’s alleged efforts against the throne earlier this year may have been tied to other regional players, among them Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It also suggests the former US administration may have been involved to some degree, with Jared Kushner unhappy with Amman’s opposition to his proposed Mideast peace deal.

In early April the Jordanian government accused Hamzah, an ex-crown prince and half-brother of King Abdullah II, of a “wicked” plot and involvement in a seditious conspiracy to “destabilize the kingdom’s security.” Abdullah later appeared to make peace with Hamzah after the latter affirmed his loyalty.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II (left) laughs with his brother, then-crown prince Hamzah (right), on April 2, 2001, shortly before the Jordanian monarch embarked on a tour of the United States. (AP Photo/ Yousef Allan/File)
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