Nsoor vs Tarawneh: 2-0

By: Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Sun 20 March / Mar 2016. 01:00 AM
  • محمد ابورمان

The Premiere, Dr Abdullah Nsoor, delivered two strong blows to House Speaker Eng. Atef Tarawneh, over the last weeks, scoring two goals, without the latter being able to respond.

Strike one, was delivered through Dr Nsoor’s referral of the subject of appointments and employments in the Lower and Upper houses of Parliament to the High Council for the interpretation of the legislation, whom in turn issued an interpretation that was consistent with the discretion of the Prime Minister, suspending Tarawneh’s appointments, and tying his hands in one of the important powers and core authorities of the heads of Representatives.

The second score, crystallises in the specifics behind the Higher Education Council’s decision not to renew Dr Khleif tarawneh’s (Atef Tarawneh's brother) term as President of the Jordan University, despite positive reports from the University’s Board of Trustees; this was considered among those close to the head of the House of Representatives as an intended blow for the President himself.

Previously, Atef Tarawneh himself conveyed to Nsoor his brother’s desire to resign, in case there was an intention to not renew his term —something the Prime Minister strongly refused; in fact he met with Dr. Khleif Tarawneh on the day his non-renewal was issued, and assured him that he personally stood to his side, leaving it for the "internal democracy of the Higher Education Council", whose reasons for Khleif’s non-renewal were argumentative and contentious among the monitors.

Nsoor’s craftiness did not fail; he delivered two crucial blows in extra-time, considering the nearing conclusion of both terms —the government’s and the House of Representatives’, armed with institutional decisions; the Council’s interpretation of legislation, and that of Higher Education, after having tightened his grip on legislative and administrative aspects, putting Atef Tarawneh in the "defensive", taking blows.

In principle, Nsoor was well-prepared, having studied his opponent thoroughly and calculated his political tactics, leaving not a possibility out, to arrive at the conclusion that Atef Tarawneh is going to lose his battle whichever way he turned, including these two confrontations.

With the opportunity lurking, Nsoor saw an opening and invested in the decision-centres’ inclinations to brake oversized appointments in the House of Representatives.

As for the JU incident, the Prime Minister was convinced the decision will come out by the Higher Education Council, serving, albeit with or without intention, for the benefit of the Students’ rally. The latter adjourned with the wake of the non-renewal decision, after the —once stubborn,Board of Trustees backed down!

The relationship between the two men was never friendly at any point of the current parliamentary term. Were it not for Atef Tarawneh’s realisation of there being different decision-centres with the political desire to retain Nsoor as Premiere, he would have recurrently unleashed the flood of MPs with an appetite to take Nsoor down and out of Office; But the prior’s expectation failed realisation, and the latter remained in play; Nsoor makes it through all his crises and endured his "4 × 4" pre-determined duration, shattering the dreams of Tarawneh and the coalition of the majority of MPs to substitute with a representative parliamentary government, led by Tarawneh himself, Nsoor’s current government; a scenario no one inside the decision-centres believe to be fully matured.

Despite all the determinants of the political game, Nsoor would not have scored these two crucial blows, now, without the realisation of time in his favour, and that the other party is out of winning hands; with the passing of the election bill and the budget approved, the House left with small required tasks at no luxury hinder; just waiting for the referee’s final whistle to end the match!