A local view

تم نشره في Sun 7 December / Dec 2014. 08:13 PM

By Fahed Khitan

What is striking in the King's interview with US network CBS is that His Majesty is greatly engaged in regional developments around us, and busy in the ongoing war against terrorist organizations in the region, in which Jordan plays a pivotal role. It is clear from the atmosphere of the interview that these issues dominate the King's mind, and account for the bulk of his time and work program daily.

This concern is understandable, justified and called for; the risks surrounding Jordan imposes on whoever is in the driver’s seat to assume full responsibility for the maintenance of stability and security of the country, and defend its interests in the face of all potential threats. All of these are at the heart of the constitutional duties are, ably and excellently, performed by the King.

Some intellectuals and politicians believe that there is no such thing as a foreign policy for a state, but a domestic, national interest dictating foreign policy to respond to these interests. If such definitions were to be true, Jordan would be the best examples of them.

King Hussein, may God have mercy on his soul, was eager for diplomacy and international relations, an outstanding player on the UN stage, and had a leading role in all the events in the Arab region. And always, his role facilitated Jordan’s interests as he understood them to be.

King Abdullah II is walking in his footsteps, and has achieved an international reputation and presence in the world within record time.

Only in 1989, the late King Hussein felt he was somewhat overlooking the domestic situation, which he delegated to the governments. The April events witnessed by Jordan in that year, which alerted the late King to these sensitive conditions; after the Kingdom reached bankruptcy and the loud protests swept all the provinces.

The situation in Jordan today is different than it was a quarter century ago; a lot of water has gone under the bridge, as they say. The return of parliamentary life on that date established the way for important developments in the country’s internal affairs.

In the second half of the age of the fourth kingdom, the King sought to grant Jordanian governments a wide range of powers with respect to internal affairs.

He introduced, in his papers discussion, his envisions a method to govern for the next stage, which is based on the principle of shared responsibilities; so that foreign, security and defense issues remainwith the King, while governments produced by parliaments manage public affairs in the country, without prejudice to the provisions of the constitution in this country.

But the experiment is still in its infancy, and there are many factors that did not help in their formation as had been hoped, the most important of the current composition of the parliament, and the identity of the government, which was born from the womb of stalled parliamentary consultations experience.

From an economic point of view, the situation is not comparable to the year 1989. But the indicators are very precarious; high levels of debt, high rates of poverty and unemployment, and difficult living conditions. The King has said in the same interview that these problems are troubling him so much.

The "internal” political level, neither the parliament nor the government that was born out of it were able to fill the void or mend the trust gap between the street and institutions. Behind the curtains, serious problems aggravate, and it is feared that they might undermine internal stability.

No one wants to overburden the King; enough open conflicts are raging around us. But there must be someone with a local view so that the April 1989 events remain history.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition

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