All of them are at the King’s table!

تم نشره في Mon 22 December / Dec 2014. 08:00 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 22 December / Dec 2014. 08:39 PM

By Fahed Khitan

Two former heads of government missed the meeting, the day before yesterday, because they were travelling. But 13 of them, including the Chief of the Royal Court Fayez Tarawneh and Senate President Abdul Rauf Rawabdeh, were on the King’s table. Five of them were in office during in the reign of King Hussein, may God have mercy on him, and seven during the reign of King Abdullah II, and one – Tarawneh - took office in during both of their times.

It is not accurate to say that the former heads of government are just people who only represent themselves. We in the media, and others from the country's elite, campaign a lot against premiers. Mudar Badran and Zeid Rifai were not just two people; their names, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with them, are linked to Jordan’s political history, and formed two schools of governance. Both of them had followers and devotees.

The two men were on the table, and around the King with their counterparts; Obeidat, al-Masri, Kabariti Abu Ragheb, al-Bakhit, al-Fayez, Al-Khasawneh, Badran the brother, al-Bakhit, and Rifai the son.

Such a meeting has a soothing impact on the Jordanian street, and carries an additional message that there is room for everyone at the King’s table, no matter how different their approach is. For these figures to meet at the Husseini Palace blocks the road before those who suspected that the King has burnt his bridges with his former men.

It is true that some of those who were in the Husseini, the day before yesterday, trembled with fear in the early days of the Arab Spring and doubted the administration’s ability to survive, even some of them chose to retreat and apologize for the palace’s meeting through various pretexts. But, to be fair, not one of them abandoned the Kingdom during the past ordeals, and did not hesitate to offer advice and opinion in difficult situations. There were toughness in their words, but none of them compromised on his home or his administration.

Some of them came to help govern during difficult times, and it turned into a burden on him. Others attended and left and only left pleasant memories for their days in the Fourth Circle.

However, the conclusions matter the most. These statesmen realized that the administration has overcome the difficult phase, and the King came out much stronger.

Whatever the case, let's not stop at the past’s doors for too long, and make this meeting an usher of a fundamental shift in the approach to governance of internal affairs, and in its relations with the various components of the Jordanian political life.

That the administration is strong and stable, this in itself should urge us to think more open steps, not to hide behind the feeling of victory, as some statesmen like to act.

We are still suffering from deep gaps in our political discourse. On top of that, there are gray areas in the country's agenda at the national level; doubts haunt us about the intentions of the state in the field of political reform, in addition to the great divide over its economic reform program, and the legislation put forth in this field.

The dialogue that took place between King and the former heads of government could have ushered in a broader debate among the public and the media, but the Royal Court summarized the meeting in generalities laden statement.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition