What to know about Jordan, the U.S. ally that faced an alleged coup attempt

Jordan's King Abdullah II, second from right; Queen Noor, widow of King Hussein, right; and Queen Rania, left, pose for a picture with Abdullah's half brother, Prince Hamzeh bin Hussein, and his wife, Princess Basma Otoum, during their wedding ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amman on Jan. 12, 2012. (Yousef Allan/AFP/Getty Images)

An alleged plot to unseat King Abdullah II of Jordan unfolded in early April, unsettling a close U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Following what Jordan called a “threat to the country’s stability,” authorities said Saturday, April 3, that they had arrested nearly 20 people and limited the movement of former crown prince Hamzeh bin Hussein.

Jordan accuses former crown prince and high-ranking officials of ‘promoting sedition,’ with foreign backing

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been spared much of the political upheaval that’s rocked other capitals in the Middle East over the past decade.

But it has seen pro-democracy protest movements, been economically hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, and struggled to host more than 1 million refugees displaced by the war in neighboring Syria.

What you need to know about Jordan: