Jordan’s Government Accuses King’s Half-Brother of Role in Plot to Destabilize the Country

DUBAI—Jordan’s governing administration accused a more youthful half-brother of the country’s reigning monarch of plotting to destabilize the kingdom, as a rift in just the royal family members threatened to upend politics in this vital U.S. Middle Eastern ally.

On Sunday, the country’s deputy prime minister and overseas minister, Ayman Safadi, accused Prince Hamzah bin Hussein of participating in unspecified steps that allegedly put Jordan, which is battling to handle the spread of Covid-19 and restore a flagging financial state, at possibility.

“There were being sure patterns and plots aimed at undermining our security and balance,” Mr. Safadi said at a information convention in the Jordanian money, Amman. “These patterns and plots were being dealt with with firmness.”

Prince Hamzah, a former crown prince with important community assist in Jordan, launched online video statements on Saturday denying wrongdoing and indicating he had effectively been put less than home arrest. Prince Hamzah also said some of his supporters had been arrested.

The prince, who was taken out from his place as heir-evident by King Abdullah II in 2004, criticized his half-brother’s governing administration, indicating the country had come to be “stymied in corruption, in nepotism and in misrule.”