In April, the royal family was enmeshed in turmoil when the government accused the king’s half brother, former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein, of scheming to destabilize the kingdom as part of an international plot. Hamzah and several other officials were arrested for activities that amounted to “promoting sedition,” according to palace sources. The prince was effectively confined to one of the family palaces. The king had replaced Hamzah as heir to the crown with his own son, Hussein. The recent intrigues are unusual for Jordan, a normally stable government considered a critical U.S. ally in the region.