The government and the MPs initiative: A divorce looms

تم نشره في Sun 18 May / May 2014. 07:29 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 18 May / May 2014. 07:30 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

"Are these indicators and signs for the near departure of the government?" This is the question that was generated within the political elite circles after the statements of the Parliamentary Initiative coordinator Dr. Mustafa Hamarneh (To Ammon).

Hamarneh said that this is the end of the relationship with the government of Dr. Abdullah Ensour, and pointed to the determination of the initiative (35 deputies) to designation another prime minister with the beginning of the regular parliamentary session expected by the end of this year!

The rationale cited by Dr Hamarneh are relating to the non-seriousness of the government in taking the "initiative" seriously, and inaction in the implementation of many of the principles that, according to the authors of the “initiative”, represent a primary reason for the interlocking crises in the country.

The authors of the "initiative" pointed to a number of issues, in the forefront of which is transforming the discussion about the "civil rights" of the children of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians to "service-related features" , which weakened the concept; as well as foot-dragging in issues of energy saving, agrarian reforms, and cost control; in addition to the absence of ministers from recent meetings, which demonstrates a real lack of concern or awareness of the importance of the parliamentary "initiative" within the government!

On the other hand, the attitude of Dr. Hamarneh took the government by surprise, which denied that it turned against the "initiative”. Dr. Khalid Kalaldeh (The competent minister to coordination with the "initiative") stressed that the government is committed to meetings and understandings that have been agreed upon, and denied that the government could have turned against the “initiative”.

In the end, it seems probable that the "contentious relationship" between the government and the parliamentary "initiative" is nearing its end —the statements indicate a lack of any chance for reconciliation, saying that they will talk to the King about the story, and will push for new names during the next parliamentary session.

The timing of this divorce is probably what prompted the question of whether we are in front of premeditated scenario for the end of this government — the government's ability to hide the differences between the sovereign ministries and the prime minister began to dwindle and the relationship between the premier and some of the top officials is murky, creating the impression that there is more than one party that is pushing for this scenario!

Despite these indications, however, the life of the government is dependent upon another factor, which is the extent of the conviction of the "decision-maker" about the necessity of a change in government and the importance of that. It is known that the royal desire is for the government’s life to be extended as much as possible, let alone the idea that there is no viable alternative is another reason that might make this government stay.

Those who monitor the performance of the government during the last period will easily notice that it is lacking in terms of political, media, and economic works — even in dealing with the flammable crises such those in Ma’an and Ajloun, as if it exhausted its political presence, and does not bear any insights or new perceptions.

However, it is clear that the desire for it to leave is not mature yet; as the most ardent party for its departure is still talking about the beginning of the next regular parliamentary session, after passing of the none-ordinary session! 



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.