Jordan accuses Prince Hamzah of 'malicious plot' to destabilize kingdom - DW News.

Jordan says it has foiled a plot by a former crown prince to destabilize the kingdom. The government maintains Hamzah bin Hussein and others were undermining security with the help of foreign powers. As many as twenty high level officials have been arrested. Hamzah denies being part of a conspiracy, and says he is being silenced.

According to Jordan security officials, the King's half-brother had been under investigation for some time. The country's foreign minister said the former crown prince was trying to mobilize tribal leaders against the government - with support from abroad. Sixteen people, including a former adviser to King Abdullah and another member of the royal family were arrested.
The military initially denied arresting Hamzah bin Hussein - but said it had issued him a warning for his actions. But in a video statement sent to media on Saturday Prince Hamzah claimed he had been placed under house arrest for associating with critics of the royal family.

Though he no longer holds an official title, Hamzah remains a popular figure in the country.And many see stability in King Abdullah the second. He has enjoyed widespread popularity during his reign.

Jordan is widely seen as an island of calm in a troubled region - strategically located between Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The US, UK and several Arab nations have all expressed their full support for the reigning monarch.

But COVID-19 has hit the country's economy hard. Unemployment and poverty is on the rise, stoking domestic discontent.

Subscribe: www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1

For more news go to: www.dw.com/en/
Follow DW on social media:
►Facebook: www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/
►Twitter: twitter.com/dwnews
►Instagram: www.instagram.com/dwnews
Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: www.youtube.com/dwdeutsch#Jordan #HamzahBinHussein #KingAbdullah

Watch video on channel "DW News"
Rivals vying to succeed Angela Merkel square off in Germany - DW News.

Rivals vying to succeed Angela Merkel square off in Germany - DW News.

In Germany, a two-man contest is shaping up to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor. Bavaria's Markus Söder has thrown his hat in the ring - saying he is ready to be the conservative candidate in this autumn's general election. That means the conse...

Northern Ireland rocked by fears of new sectarian violence - DW News.

Northern Ireland rocked by fears of new sectarian violence - DW News.

Northern Ireland rocked by fears of new sectarian violence | DW News Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin has warned of a spiral back into sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Saturday marked the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, wh...

Chad opposition leaders call for boycott after being barred from election - DW News.

Chad opposition leaders call for boycott after being barred from election - DW News.

Voting is underway in Chad in a presidential election with several candidates - but the expected winner is already clear. Members of the armed forces were first to cast their ballots. It's widely anticipated the incumbent will win the first round....

Myanmar activists take revolution offline - DW News.

Myanmar activists take revolution offline - DW News.

The brutal military crackdown on Myanmar's pro-democracy protesters continues, with more than 80 killed on Saturday according to local media. Authorities regularly shut down internet access. That's forced activists to return to old fashioned metho...

Chinese musical whitewashes human-rights abuse in Xinjiang - DW News.

Chinese musical whitewashes human-rights abuse in Xinjiang - DW News.

China's state-sponsored musical "Wings of Songs" defends government policies in Xinjiang province. The film tells the story of a Uighur, a Kazakh and a Han Chinese man who come together to fulfill their musical dream. The movie showcases the life ...