Political cholesterol

تم نشره في Sat 28 June / Jun 2014. 08:01 PM - آخر تعديل في Sat 28 June / Jun 2014. 08:01 PM

By Fahed Khitan

If a politician is not ambitious, and seeks to gain access to affect the decision-making process, he or she is not a politician at all, and does not deserve this description. The same applies to political parties and movements, but today we're discussion later, but the former; I mean political figures.

In Jordan, the political process is based on figures rather than parties; persons form governments and choose their cabinet and managers. Parliamentary life is also reliant on independent MPs, so is the Lower House. The participation of political parties and their presence is limited in practice, especially if the Islamists boycotted the elections.

There is no doubt that this is a defect in the political life of Jordan, and the state has sought in recent years to address it through what has become known for political reform. The reform process did not come to fruition, but it has achieved much.

The problem is that political elites did not help enough to accelerate the process of democratic transition; they still adhere to the traditional tools to reach to leadership positions within the government, and refuse to support the efforts of the state and the King to make parliament and parliamentary governments gateways to the devolution of power and the formation of governments.

Very few politicians are willing to test their popularity and resort to the ballot boxes. It is worth mentioning that only three of the recent premiers fought in the parliamentary elections before, and they are Abdel Raouf Rawabdeh, Ali Abu Ragheb and the current Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

Ensour — and before he formed what is described (even if as a formality) as a parliamentary government — was a member of parliament that was dissolved for early elections, supervised by his first government.

Among the aspiring politicians who wish to return to political life, or even for premiership, are some who are sparing no effort and time throughout the week regain their public presence and communicate with the "grassroots" to prepare the public for his ominous return. This is a legitimate right, as we have said before, but the disagreement is over the means, not the goal.

I do not think that the banquets are the right way to reach the hearts of Jordanians, especially if a political figure is classified as a liberal, adopts the approach of economic openness, holds back on the role of rentier state, and believes in the rule of law over everyone, without distinction

There are other methods that are harder, but are more refined to gain popular legitimacy, which are through parliamentary elections. It may be appropriate for anyone aspiring for a political role in the future to take the initiative now and establish a political party or a platform for dialogue in public affairs, rather than squandering time in response to lunch invitations.

Such invites are threatening its guests with the risk of political cholesterol: Are these people motivated by purely personal reasons, or do they have a green light from a higher figure, paving the way for an upcoming role? The question is as nationally harmful as excessive Manasif eating is on health.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.