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Jordan prince drops title in protest over how country is run

AMMAN, JORDAN (AP) – An outspoken half-brother of Jordan’s king relinquished his princely title on Sunday in apparent protest over how the country is run. It was the latest chapter in an ongoing palace feud that saw the junior royal placed under house arrest a year ago.

Prince Hamzah posted the announcement on his official Twitter account. He wrote that he was driven to the decision because his convictions cannot be reconciled with the “current approaches, policies and methods of our institutions”.

He stopped short of directly criticising King Abdullah II and the ruling elites, as he had done in the past, but his tone signalled that the rift has not been mended, as the Royal Court suggested in the past.

The Royal Court had no immediate comment.

Jordan’s then Crown Prince Hamzah with his mother then Queen Noor, during his wedding ceremony on May 27, 2004. PHOTO: AP