Tribal Leaders Blast Jordanian Queen

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Thirty-six tribal leaders in Jordan published a scathing letter denouncing the wife of King Abdullah II.

The signatories, who represent close to 40 percent of Jordan's population, apparently had no qualms about airing their animosity toward Queen Rania al-Abdullah, comparing her with Leila Ben Ali, the wife of the deposed Tunisian president.

The letter accused the queen of "corruption -- stealing money from the Treasury and manipulating…to promote her public image against the Jordanian people's will" and of "building centers intended to strengthen her status and serve her interests."

The leaders called on the Hashemite king "to return lands and farms given to the Yassin family [the queen's family]," asserting that the land belongs to the Jordanian people.

The leaders also criticized the influence of "corrupt businessmen who surround the decision makers, affect political decisions and ignore national interests," calling on King Abdullah "to put these corrupt people who stole from the country on trial, regardless of their status."

And they predicted that Jordan will experience the same kind of popular uprising that took place in Tunisia and Egypt.

"Sooner or later Jordan will be a destination for a similar uprising like the ones in Tunisia and Egypt because of oppression of freedom and robbing from public funds," the letter read.

Ten days ago in an effort to quell massive demonstrations taking place in Amman, King Abdullah dismissed the cabinet and replaced the prime minister, instructing him to conduct a "comprehensive assessment…to correct the mistakes of the past."


YNet news contributed to this report.

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