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Jordan: Washington Snubs King Abdullah.

Source : | 26 November 2012 |  News | 370 views


Morocco World News with Maghreb Intelligence

Rabat, November 26, 2012

It is widely known that the Hashemite monarchy has longstanding total support from the United States. That said, since the wind of the Arab Spring has blown on the Arab world, this support has become colder.

If the relation between Amman and Washington is in good shape concerning military and security issues, exchanges are very cold at the political level. The Obama administration supposedly has been reproaching King Abdullah with not putting reforms on the agenda. For the White House, the Hashemite monarchy should seize the opportunity of the Arab Spring to establish a true democracy. According to reports in possession of the Obama administration, the Jordanian kingdom is extremely weakened by a highly unequal distribution of wealth. The wheeling and dealing of the family of the king’s wife and some close to the palace has created a great discomfort against the “westernized” elite of the kingdom. According to diplomatic sources, the regime is on the verge of implosion.

“King Abdullah’s popularity is rapidly eroding and the Bedouin population’s support crumbles a little more each day,” says a former British ambassador to Amman. It is clear from the information we have, that the United States isn’t planning on ditching the king, but could let “the economic situation rot” to push him into more political reforms, and especially to open his government to Islamist opponents who have good relations with Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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