What is Mulqi Afraid of?

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Sun 2 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Notably, Prime Minister Dr Hani Mulqi sets himself apart from other former premiers in that he, even after 4 months of being appointed head of Cabinet, and his reinstatement to formulate the current government, has so far yet to address the public directly, neither through a journalistic interview, or a pre-set television programme, to convey his agendas, ideas, and opinions on both domestic and regional issues!

September, particularly, was packed with incidents, unfoldings, and cases that preoccupied public opinion so much that people had begun praying for the month to pass already, before any more calamities take place; from Nahed Hattar’s assassination, through the parliamentary representative elections, all the way to the Israeli gas, and the heated debate on curriculum reforms, in addition to the gapping social and ideological division upon the people, topping a series of unfortunate happening, on which the opinion of the Premier was only barely voiced through the Cabinet’s statements!

Some would think to say the Premier’s character is weak, or perhaps that he is ill equipped to address the masses, to the point that he would fear to face the public. To those who do not know him; this is entirely incorrect. Mulqi is well equipped in addressing issues of public concern, in debate, as well as in phrasing opinions and stances on these issues. He was known to be a little over enthusiastic sometimes even, during previous ministerial appointments.

So why hold his tongue now? Why leave such a vacuum in the political scene that would render the government in face of current events as though it never existed to the point that is has gone beyond reflecting on the Premier’s popularity, which has dipped severely just a hundred days after the cabinet was formed, so far that now the only two other officials more unpopular than Mulqi, are Fayez Tarawneh and Adnan Badran. And why? Because the people do not know the Premier, who has yet to engage them!

This should be addressed by the premier and the closer advisors, as his silence is, first and foremost, unjustified, irrational, and is seen by some as either an indifference to the public opinion, or an evasion of domestic political engagement.

Either that, or there seems to be a brewing tradition, in the post Abdullah Nsoor phase, to leave domestic issues to respective official and ministers, as the premier suffices to administrate the daily issues and the implementation of administrative and economic policy, which requires a proficient manager, not a politician or statesman with a charisma or political presence, nor a series of stances that would set him aside from other premiers and leave a political print for the country!

This is absurd, naturally; it will result in the diminishing of the Prime Minister office’s authorities, importance, prestige, and position, transforming the Cabinet to a technocratic crew without political flavour. Should that happen, who will be the political and media figure to the people? Who will face up to domestic and foreign issues?! Who will fill the major gap?! The answer is: no one; which is a factor in the state’s recent deteriorating performance, shrouded with ambiguity and mystery!

Maybe the Premier, and this is an explanation not a justification, is on the lookout, and has been feeling a little suspended over the last 4 months, undecided whether or not he is going to stay or leave, and is now preparing himself to face up to the House of Representatives, in order to present himself to the Public. We hope so, and look forward to knowing the Premier, as if it is his first term, facing Parliament soon!