The Quota Prevails!

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 2 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

With the House of Appointed Senate now instated, the formulation of authorities is concluded, pending the first Representative House session on the 7th, to uncover the political identity of the House and its MPs.

Obviously, the conservative current has prevailed. No fundamental changes in the ruling segments after the elections; from government to houses, even elected ones, where competition over the Speaker position seems more or less confined to the very two figures who competed in the 17th House of Representatives.

More so, in light of the disappointing presence of political parties, save for the Islamic Action Front, the conservative influence on the formation of the government and House of Appointed Senates was only expected. Regional, provincial, tribal, and sectarian parameters substituted political ones, even technocratic ones, in regards to appointments. Political currents were absolutely excluded from the AP, just as it has always been in previous parliaments.

On the other hand, compensating national components with substitute seats under dome was inevitable. Some tribal candidates who lost in the elections in some districts, like Kerak for example, were appointed in the Upper House (AP).

However thought of, quotation in this regard usually does not appeal to all parties; as some are appointed, tribal masses on the other side cry out exclusion and marginalisation, even though dozens of their own have been candidate before, and others have been appointed in government.

As for the formation of cabinet, with limited exceptions, it is in consecutive typicality to all previous traditional Jordanian governments in the pre “Arab Spring” era, predating its percussions; not only does this carry the same representation quotation, but the same descriptive distribution from conservatives to reformists.

The setback, if so, which has recently begun to show whether in the negotiations among MPs on government formation, or else, only translate the political frustration among leaders on the possibility of making forward strides, gradual as that may be, for which all participating parties in the political Jordanian scene would be equally responsible; the government, the House of Representatives, as well as political parties that have grown so in quantity not in quality, nor in popular representation.

Regional developments as well, undoubtedly affected the inclinations of decision makers, as well as a vast segment of society who would rather attain sustainability and security above all, totally dismissive of any reason to take on uncalculated decisions.

In this regard, the fear and anxiety that has dominated following the series of most unfortunate events over the past two weeks, chief of is the assassination of columnist Nahed Hattar by a terrorist undercover working at one of our government’s most distinguished institutions.

Quotation distribution across state institutions is seen as the only means by which social balances can be maintained, and the general public pleased, the way it has always been in Jordan.

Nonetheless, as it did before, too much of it may have us appealing to social segments on account of the very principles of wise governance, which would only render reforms unattainable.