A group of Jordanian tribal leaders has taken the unusual step of urging King Abdullah to curtail what they see as his wife's involvement in politics. The 36 tribal leaders attacked Queen Rania's Palestinian origins and said she was "building power centres for her own interests".
..."She is building power centres for her interest that go against what Jordanians and Hashemites have agreed on in governing and is a danger to the nation and the structure the state... and the institution of the throne," the statement from the Bedouin chiefs said.
The tribes, from Jordan's East Bank, are usually supportive of the Hashemite monarchy, with members holding important positions in the military and government.
Queen Rania is of Palestinian, or West Bank, origin, like the majority of Jordanians. She has a prominent profile and has been supportive of women's rights.
Queen Rania has come under fire for being Palestinian and too public. In a petition signed by 36 tribal leaders Queen Rania is accused of "stealing from the country and the people."
The statement was sent to King Abdullah which outlined the rising tension between the different ethnic groups based in Jordan. "She is building power centers for her interest that go against what Jordanians and Hashemites have agreed on in governing and is a danger to the nation and the structure of the state and the political structure and the institution of the throne," said the petition noted in Haaretz.
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