The Government and the Elections: Message and Point

By: Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Mon 30 May / May 2016. 10:24 PM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

The most important message conveyed of the decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, and then dismantle Dr Abdullah Nsoor’s government, is that His Majesty the King is going through with His reformation vision, which is based on commitment to Constitutional entitlements; calls to go back on this particular political reformation process, through putting off Representative Elections, did not find favour or basis with the King, in spite of arguments for regional turmoil.

The second message, an important one as well; is to reaffirm the particularity of Jordan. That the Jordanian State is very different from dominant regional circumstance in neighbouring states; some sunk in blood and conflict, seeing coups and overthrows, and others struggling for security and stability, despairing over the smallest detail.

Eventually, the government reshuffle, and Representative; marks the end of one phase and the beginning of another. These decisions, probably, have been made by the decision maker out of empathy for the people and their feelings towards the infamous recently dissolved House and government, whose popularity dropped significantly. Another reason for the reshuffle is that the resigned government did not have an economic team, to be exact; with the vision and capacity to see through what is necessary and important, more so; that it was not per say friends towards the private sector, or investment for that matter.

Therefore, Dr Hani Mulqi was chosen, as an economic figure, to form the new government, whose names are to be disclosed within the day or tomorrow at most.

More or less, there are two highlights for the coming government’s tasks: first, supporting the tasks of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) in the upcoming elections, and second; outlining an economic vision with the premise to alleviate the crisis, and approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s new programme with wisdom, intelligence, and thoroughly; in all its coarse detail.

The next 4 months will be crucial and decisive for the Premier himself, having only recently joined the Prime Ministers club, his hopes to stay in office for more than just the next 4 month, especially for the reimplementation of the Jordanian version of Parliamentary Government through him, another 4x4; depends considerably on his performance during these coming months, until the 18th Lower (Representative) House of Parliament is elected, and the constitutional entitlement is executed in council with MPs on the assignment of a Premier for whose favour a motion to Confidence could be secured.

The point is; should Dr Mulqi succeed in the next period, and confirms his ability to carry out the weights of the phase, outlining an economic roadmap for Jordan, particularly speaking; it would guarantee him the same chance Dr Nsoor had, to reshuffle the government after the series of deliberations, being the person presented by the decision maker to the House of Representatives, as Premier; should he retain His Majesty’s confidence.

This means that Mulqi came to head a transitional government with the same chances to stay or leave the “4th Circle” after the elections. Crossing the first end line, in 4 months; would serve him up for a longer journey of yet 4 more years; and that would demand a lot of work by the Prime Minister, including the rearrangement of suspended files, and the restoration of healthy and friendly relations with the private sector, to encourage investment, not drive it out.

As for the Ministerial team, it is expected that Mulqi’s will contain more than half of Nsoor’s ministers; those who did well in their fields, with successful experiments in management.

However, the task or objective description of those ministers varies from that of the Premier; the majority of the team is transitional, and the naming of some will be, after the elections of course, as previously done; in deliberation with Representatives. Moreover, those too —transitional ministers, that is— are demanded to do their best over the next phase.

From experience, it is no longer appropriate to judge ministers on the basis of their history or resume; whether they are opposition or bureaucracy, evaluation has to be on basis of performance and work. Let us see how Dr Mulqi performs. We wish him luck.