The government stays and expands

تم نشره في Wed 25 February / Feb 2015. 12:00 AM

By Fahed Khitan

Today, the House of Representatives vote on a draft state budget law, according to the statement of the House Speaker Atef Tarawneh. Discussions during the past few days brought harsh criticism to the government, some of which were personal, but it is not expected that such criticisms will affect the final outcome of the vote. It is likely that the budget will find enough support to pass, as we are used to in the past.

The question is about the next after the budget. This is what is important to the elites and the media that awaits the reshuffle expected for a long time.

The known information says the reshuffle will not include more than five or six posts. It is in this sense, the change is very limited, especially since the new names do not indicate that the change could carry a fundamental change in the performance of the targeted sectors.

Remarkably enough, in recent days, the voices of those who expect a government change, not just a reshuffle, rose. It is not known whether such voices relied on information leaked deliberately, or if it is an expression of the desire for change.

It's hard to deceive the prime minister; the man kept himself together in face of rumors before. Those close to him say he was confident of his information about the fate of the government, and is heading for the reshuffle without worrying of any surprises.

Political, the considerations that indicate reshuffle are much stronger than those indicating change. At the forefront of these considerations, the decision-maker's desire to continue with the 4X4 experience; the deputies and the government together for four years, unless circumstances have occurred to necessitate otherwise. It is true that the state is clashing with, even waging war against, terrorist groups, and is facing unprecedented security challenges, but given the recent constitutional amendments under which redistribution of powers took place, the role of government was limited in the same economic and service nature of the internal areas. In this regard, it is assumed that the government will file within days to His Majesty the King its 10-year scheme for the development of the national economy, which will be the focus of attention and action in the next phase.

It will also defend before parliament in its current session, the draft laws of municipalities and decentralization, and finalize them, in preparation for elections next year.

This means that the current government is stuck with local files that it cannot leave before their completion. If this is the option that most observers regarded as most accurate, it becomes necessary to think about the reshuffle as a way for the development of the government's performance, not just a tactical move to prolong its life.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition