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Jordan’s Hamzah Renounces Title of Prince

Jordan’s Hamzah Renounces Title of Prince

Sunday, 3 April, 2022 - 17:15
King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah in April 2001. (AP)

Jordan's Prince Hamzah, who was implicated in a coup plot against his half-brother King Abdullah II, gave up his royal title on Sunday.


Hamzah, in a statement posted on Twitter, announced he was "renouncing the title of prince", a month after a royal court statement said he had apologized to the king for last year's aborted coup.


"After what I have witnessed over the past years, I have come to the conclusion that my personal convictions and the values that my father instilled in me... are not in line with the approaches, trends or modern methods of our institutions," he wrote in the statement.


"I had the great honor of serving my beloved country and dear people in this capacity throughout the years of my life," he wrote.


"I will remain as long as I live faithful to our beloved Jordan."


On March 8, the royal court said Hamzah had taken "responsibility for his actions and offenses towards Jordan and His Majesty over the past years, including the incidents that followed in the sedition case".


Jordanian authorities announced last April that they had foiled a bid to destabilize the kingdom.


Hamzah was not charged in the trial, but the charge sheet said he was "determined to fulfill his personal ambition to rule, in violation of the Hashemite constitution and customs".


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