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Jordan’s prince Hamzah relinquishes title a year after conspiracy

File - Jordan'S Crown Prince Hamzah Smiles During A Royal Luncheon Hosted By Tribal Members At The Royal Palace Complex In Amman, Jordan, On This File Photo Of May 26, 2004. The Royal Court In Jordan Said On Tuesday, March 8, 2022 That The Half-Brother Of King Abdullah Ii Apologized For His Role In A Rare Palace Feud Last Year And Apologized To The King.  Prince Hamzah Has Been Accused Of Involvement In A Conspiracy To Destabilize The Western Allied Kingdom And Was Placed Under House Arrest Last April.  (Ap Photo / Hussein Malla, File)

FILE – Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamzah smiles during a royal luncheon hosted by tribal members at the Royal Palace complex in Amman, Jordan, on this file photo of May 26, 2004. The Royal Court in Jordan said on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 that the half-brother of King Abdullah II apologized for his role in a rare palace feud last year and apologized to the king. Prince Hamzah has been accused of involvement in a conspiracy to destabilize the Western Allied kingdom and was placed under house arrest last April. ( Associated Press Photo / Hussein Malla, File)

FILE – Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamzah smiles during a royal luncheon hosted by tribal members at the Royal Palace complex in Amman, Jordan, on this file photo of May 26, 2004. The Royal Court in Jordan said on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 that the half-brother of King Abdullah II apologized for his role in a rare palace feud last year and apologized to the king. Prince Hamzah has been accused of involvement in a conspiracy to destabilize the Western Allied kingdom and was placed under house arrest last April. ( Associated Press Photo / Hussein Malla, File)

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AMMAN, Jordan ( Associated Press) – The Jordanian king’s half-brother relinquished his princely title on Sunday, a year after a rare palace feud put him under house arrest.

Prince Hamzah posted the letter on his official Twitter account, saying he had given up his title because his values ​​”are not in line with the approaches, trends and modern methods of our institutions.”

King Abdullah II and Hamzah are both sons of King Hussein, who ruled Jordan for nearly half a century before his death in 1999. Abdullah appointed Hamzah as crown prince at his succession, but stripped him of the title in 2004.

The prince apologized last month for his role in the alleged conspiracy, the royal palace said. He was accused last year of involvement in a conspiracy to destabilize the Western Allied kingdom and was placed under house arrest last April. He denied the allegations in a video statement at the time, saying he was being punished for speaking out against official corruption.

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The royal court had no immediate comment.

Last year’s feud between Abdullah and his half-brother was a rare case of infighting within the Hashemite royal family that was made public. At one point, Jordan issued a verbal order on reporting on the events, reflecting the sensitivity of issues surrounding the royal family.

Details of the alleged conspiracy have never been disclosed.

Jordan is a close Western ally and has long been seen as an island of stability in a turbulent region.

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