Jordanian intrigue points to outside meddling

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Jordanian intrigue points to outside meddling

Arrest of officials with foreign ties suggests ‘plot’ against king goes beyond former crown prince

David Gardner

Jordan is, relative to the turmoil of its region, a haven of stability, though the royal court of its Hashemite dynasty has at times been a jostle of intrigue. This is one of those times.

The late King Hussein, in his time the west’s gold standard of gracious Arab despotism, survived plots, coups, uprisings, three Arab-Israeli wars, two Gulf wars, a civil war with the Palestinians and about a dozen assassination attempts in his 46-year rule.

His son King Abdullah, on the throne since 1999, on Saturday placed Prince Hamzah, oldest son of Hussein’s fourth wife, the American-born Queen Noor, under house arrest. Amman says it has uncovered a plot threatening the “security and stability” of the country...

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