Queen Noor Al Hussein Biography Queen Noor Al Hussein Wiki
Jordan’s Queen Noor Al Hussein today slammed claims her son plotted a coup as ‘wicked slander’, amid reports he has been placed under house arrest.
Jordan’s Queen Noor Al Hussein slams claims her son plotted coup
— Miss Ellen Nkem Chukwueke (@EllenNkemMiss) April 4, 2021
Queen Noor Al Hussein Age
The American-born Jordanian royal, 69, said she hoped ‘praying that truth and justice will prevail’ following the reported detainment of her son Prince Hamzah bin Hussein.
Prince Hamzah is the son of the late King Hussein of Jordan and fourth wife Queen Noor.
He is the half-brother of the reigning King Abdullah II and was previously the Crown Prince of the middle eastern country – a key ally of the US – before being unexpectedly replaced by one of King Abdullah’s sons.
Jordan’s deputy Prime Minister today accused the former crown prince of conspiring with foreign powers in a ‘malicious plot’ that he claimed had threatened national security.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told reporters
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told reporters that the alleged ‘destabilisation’ plot had been foiled at the ‘zero hour’.
Mr Safadi did not mention which foreign powers were alleged to be involved
It comes after 20 people were arrested over the alleged plot, including the country’s former finance minister Bassem Awadallah – an adviser to to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Today Saudi Arabia, a long-term ally of Jordan, shared their support following claims of a coup.
And of the Saudi crown prince’s aides today appeared to brush off rumours the kingdom, and one of the Persian gulf states, was involved in the alleged plot.
In a tweet, which included four pictures of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
Royal adviser, Turki Alalshikh, said: ‘No comment… the pictures speak.’
Today Foreign Minister Mr Safadi told reporters that more than a dozen people had been arrested in connection with the alleged plot.
He said: ‘Then it was clear they moved from design and planning into action.’
Mr Safadi spoke a day after Prince Hamzah was placed under house arrest, in a rare public clash between top members of the long-ruling family.
The unprecedented incident has raised concerns about stability in a country seen as a key Western ally.
In a videotaped statement sent to the BBC from house arrest, Hamzah accused the country’s leadership of corruption and incompetence.
Safadi, who also holds the title of deputy prime minister, said intelligence agents had been observing the plotters for some time and raised their concerns with the king.
He said Hamzah was asked to ‘stop all these activities and movements that threaten Jordan and its stability,’ but he refused.
Today the US also offered its support to King Abdullah.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, ‘King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support.’
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates similarly issued statements supporting Abdullah.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called Jordan a ‘strategic ally’ and dismissed the turmoil as an ‘internal Jordanian matter.’
Yesterday Prince Hamzah released a five-minute video accusing the country’s leaders of corruption, incompetence and harassment.
In what Prince Hamzah described as his last available form of communication before his satellite internet was cut off, he said the chief of general staff visited him early Saturday morning.
In the five-minute video from his palace in Amman, shared by his lawyer with the BBC, he said: ‘I had a visit from chief of general staff of the Jordanian armed forces this morning in which he informed me that I was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or to meet with them because in the meetings that I had been present in – or on social media relating to visits that I had made – there had been criticism of the government or the king.’
It reportedly comes after the prince made a visit to tribal leaders where he is said to have garnered support. Prince Hamza denied any wrongdoing.
General Yousef Huneiti, the army chief of staff, denied reports that Prince Hamzah was arrested but said he was asked to ‘stop some movements and activities that are being used to target Jordan’s security and stability’.
He said an investigation is still ongoing and its results will be made public ‘in a transparent and clear form’.
‘No-one is above the law and Jordan’s security and stability are above all,’ he told the official Petra news agency.
Prince Hamzah, whose title of crown prince was rescinded by the king in 2004, went on to say: ‘I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse… And I am not responsible for the lack of faith people have in their institutions.
‘It has reached a point where no one is able to speak or express opinion on anything without being bullied, arrested, harassed and threatened.’
He said he had been isolated inside his home with his Canadian wife Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad and their five young children.