Up to the Promise

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 29 May / May 2016. 08:22 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

Decisions came, as expected; the dissolve of the Lower House of Parliament, the resignation of the government, the appointment of a new Premier, and as expected, too; Dr Hani Mulqi.

Pending Royal Decree to hold the elections, the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) to afterwards convene for the setting of the date for the elections, they are not expected to be held any sooner than September.

But technically, the Kingdom enters the electoral shop today, as the agendas for the coming months clear out, after weeks of anticipation.

We, then, are on course! The attempts by some to derail the democratisation train, arguing the regional circumstance, did not find favour with His Majesty the King.

The Country has to stride forwards, and there is no place for hesitation with the surrounding situation in hand, to retreat from grand agendas set.

Constitutionally, The King cut off the way for conservative forces, brought the constitution back into the light, annulling the Article that allows for the putting off of Representative Elections for more than 4 months. And for the first time, we test this amendment and realise its value, after previous sufferings with the absence of Legislative Authorities and the predominance of government. The King, according to the current Constitution, is obliged to hold elections within 4 months, or else; the dissolved House will reconvene. Do Jordanians really want the dissolved formation to return to the Dome?

Politically, a huge stone was necessarily thrown to ripple through the Country’s political still waters. The political situation has reached an unprecedented bottle neck, with the line between the two Legislative and Executive authorities completely severed. The street has been congesting, above all; and change has become the unilateral demand of Jordanian.

The Transitional phase has to not be a mere contestant phrase, to preface going back to the same discourse of things. There is a pressing need to approach internal affairs from a different angle. The economic situation required instantaneous review; even though available options are limited, still; we can experiment the prospects of options in a better way.  

The conclusions promised off the London Donors Conference are thinning, and we fear they will thin out if we do not move fast to make the best off it. The International Monetary Fund delegation is in Amman, and on the table lie the documents entailing sensitive and crucial articles, waiting to be signed, with enormous impacts of Jordan’s future.

The upcoming parliamentary elections require a detained reviewed plan to revive the national collective psyche, and rid electors of the frustration incurred by the decisions of the dissolved House.

The transitional phase carries in its folds features of the post-elections stage; it entails the quality of the coming House of Representatives, and determines our ability to commence on the new era of Parliamentary Government.

Commitment to the reformation process, so far, has been up to the promise to hold the coming elections in accordance to the new elections law, and has so far as well convinced most of Jordan’s political forces to participation, setting proof of the collective will to hold forwards. Hesitant ones, and doubters, must learn from this, and move into the field of affirmative action and political participation.

There are no other options. The Parliament is the gateway for reformation, and whomever has anything to add should get involved in the electoral process.

The “Couch” parting, those uninvolved and self-unemployed in the political dynamic, are not needed in this Country; there is enough unemployment as it is.