Mulqi and Nsoor's Agenda

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Mon 30 May / May 2016. 10:24 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

More or less, half of the ministers in Dr Abdullah Nsoor’s resigned government will be reinstated under the premiership of Dr Hani Mulqi. Given the nature of the transitional government, this does not devalue the new government, especially since the qualifications of some of the ministers merit them to remain on-post.

And if Mulqi should split the remnant formation of Nsoor’s government, then he should also carry out the same agendas of that government.

In the intermediary phase of transmission, Mulqi will follow through what Nsoor began during his extended stay. Mulqi’s government will sign the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a complementary basis for the economic reform project Nsoor and his ministerial team supervised and helped set up, with only signatures left to conclude.

This reminds us of a similar situation, in the very beginning of Nsoor’s government, as the latter had to implement the IMF programme just then signed by Dr Fayez Tarawneh’s government.

The Investment Fund legislation, primarily outlined for Saudi investment, has been passed and legislated, and that Mulqi has to do is see its implementation through, setting the bilateral accord in motion between the two countries in the very near future.

Mulqi —like Nsoor; will wait for Iraqi to lift the blockage on the Tarbil side of the Karama border crossing, to resume trade with Iraq. Nsoor relied on it, as it would dilute the effect of declined Jordanian exports and revitalise the market.

On a domestic economic level, Mulqi would have to navigate about the same area drawn out by the Nsoor government. The financial year has halved through, and there is not much area for grounding breakthroughs in developmental projects. The general budget 2017 do not indicate a margin for raising salaries for public sector employees.

The coarse regional circumstance around us will be inherited by Mulqi through Nsoor; nothing has changed in Syria, the situation in Iraq is wavering and grey, and aid from Jordan friends and brethren are scares, at best!

Yet, Mulqi is a dynamic character; a hard-worker as the popular dialect would put it. He will seek to shake London Donors up to attain the highest amount of aid possible for the Treasury and national economy, on the very same basis outlined by Nsoor’s government, and maybe even by the same means.

This brief overview, is purposed to meet the rumoured within the popular and media spheres on the departure of Nsoor’s government meaning the Country is no longer in trouble. I would personally say this is a baslesss inflation of the expectation. This is not to say that Mulqi is unworthy of the position, but that the transitional phase, for being “transitional”, as well as short, is going to be difficult and complex politically and regionally speaking.

Mulqi does not carry a magic wand; he inherited the same manoeuvre margins Nsoor had, and the same tools employed.

Sure, there may be a difference in performance, which is normal and typical; but for tats here and there, and no more elsewhere, not much difference is to be expected.

The only advantage Mulqi has over Nsoor, is that he is free of parliamentary pressures, as Representatives were dismissed just a while before Nsoor. However, Mulqi will undergo the same trial Nsoor endured; administrating the elections, and through it, to the next phase where Nsoor enjoyed his long phase in the “4th Circle”.

Mulqi, then, will reinstate half of Nsoor’s team, and the whole of his agenda; so, will Parliament give him the same torment they gave Nsoor? This is an important test for the new Prime Minister.