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Kuwait newspaper reveals plan to destabilise Jordan

April 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Baghdad on 14 January, 2019 [ABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty]

Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas has revealed a “dangerous” plan aimed to destabilise Jordan by promoting an individual close to King Abdullah II.

The Kuwaiti paper reported security and political sources as saying that the man behind this plan is the husband of the King’s aunt, Al-Wattan Voice reported on Friday. The man is believed to be a businessman charged with corruption and a senior security official loyal to a former intelligence agency chief. It is thought he has relations with a number of politicians and journalists inside and outside Jordan.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper, the “hellish plan” would have cast doubt over the King’s ability to choose heads of government, as well as include a deliberate campaign to weaken the current Prime Minister, Omar Al-Razzaz, by using information about recruiting ministers and MPs’ brothers to public positions with high salaries.

This would be used to mobilise members of the different Jordanian tribes to start a protest in front of the Royal Palace in order to create a state of unprecedented instability. The newspaper reported that the planners asked the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood to join the protests, but the group refused.

It is worth noting that the King met on Tuesday with Muslim Brotherhood MPs for the first time since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011.

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