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The Bad Blood That Runs in Jordan's Royal Family Isn't What's Threatening the Kingdom's Stability

Jordan's King Abdullah has proven skilled at politics, but not at making progress. He may have overcome an alleged coup attempt, but he still has to tackle an economic crisis and COVID's severe consequences

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Two years ago, in May 2019, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas published a frightening report that someone close to Jordan’s King Abdullah was planning a coup. Shortly afterward, Abdullah fired his chief of intelligence, Adnan al-Jundi, and even before then, he had fired several aides and officials close to him in what he termed a “reorganization of the court.”

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