Jordan's king puts half-brother under formal house arrest

In harshly worded public letter, king says Prince Hamzah behaves erratically, says will provide the prince with all that he requires to live a comfortable life but will not allow him to abuse position to undermine kingdom

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Jordan king has gone public with a royal rift with his half-brother and formalized the former crown prince's house arrest, calling him "erratic" in an unprecedented harshly worded public letter published Thursday.
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  • King Abdullah II said in a public letter that he had approved measures to detain Prince Hamzah in his palace and restrict his communications and movements, citing his half brother's "erratic behavior and aspirations."
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    Prince Hamzah of Jordan
    Prince Hamzah of Jordan
    Prince Hamzah of Jordan
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    "We will provide Hamzah with all that he requires to live a comfortable life, but he will not have the space he once abused to offend the nation, its institutions, and his family, nor to undermine Jordan's stability," the king said.
    The announcement was the latest chapter in an ongoing palace feud that saw the junior royal placed under a form of detention, and which has seen the internal disputes of the royal family spill into public in an unprecedented manner.
    Abdullah and Hamzah are sons of King Hussein, who ruled Jordan for nearly a half-century before his death in 1999. Abdullah had appointed Hamzah as crown prince upon his succession but stripped him of the title in 2004.
    The monarch had placed Hamzah under house arrest last April for his alleged plot to destabilize the Western-allied kingdom.
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    מלך ירדן עבדאללה
    מלך ירדן עבדאללה
    Abdullah II, King of Jordan
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    In March, Hamzah apologized to the king, according to a letter released by the Royal Court, saying that he hoped that "we can turn the page on this chapter in our country's and our family's history."
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