Jordanian tribal figures have issued a petition urging King Abdullah to end his Palestinian wife’s role in politics, in a new challenge to the monarch grappling with fallout from uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Evoking comparisons with the wives of Tunisia’s former strongman Zine al Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, the signatories attacked Queen Rania’s Palestinian origin and accused her of using state funds to promote her image abroad without concern for the hardship of ordinary Jordanians.
The 36 figures are drawn from conservative East Bank tribes who form the backbone of the Hashemite monarchy’s support -- as opposed to Jordanians of Palestinian, or West Bank, origin who are the majority of the country’s 7 million population.
“She is building power centres for her interest that go against what Jordanians and Hashemites have agreed on in governing and is a danger to the nation and the structure of the state and the political structure and the institution of the throne,” the petition said.
THESE MAY BE THE COMING BATTLE-LINES- A REPLAY OF BLACK SEPTEMBER?
I DON'T THINK SO; I THINK KING ABDULLAH 2 IS A WIMP COMPARED TO HIS FATHER.