The “Hammad” Shock!

By: Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Wed 1 June / Jun 2016. 09:35 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Although newly appointed Prime Minister Dr Hani Mulqi kept a considerable number of Nsoor’s ministers from the former government formation, as expected; particularly technocratic; the ministers of media, foreign affairs, education, finance, communications, and municipalities, excluding the Minister of Agriculture was unjustified, except within the context of position circulation.

The main shortfall in the new Cabinet formation is that there were new, unjustified —as well— additions to the team. In spite of some of them being enlightened, rising youths; throwing such numbers into the government body, clearly is a product of various social and political parameters, favouritism —as usual, and quota considerations, making the current team seem lacking of authentic homogeneity in its midst!

I would say, that this formation in its final combination was not put together by the new Premier, and that his initial list was shorter and more consistent. However, unfortunately; many of our governments were formed this way!

That being political tradition, the shocking thing about it however, to many politicians and spectators; was the reinstatement of Interior Minister Salameh Hammad, after being cast out about 40 days ago. His resignation was a surprise, and his return was a shock!

When the man walked out of government, many rumours were raised, and stories were fabricated about the reason behind his surprising departure, especially since he was appointed in a government reshuffle in May 2015, only to break formation in April 2016, in an emergent reshuffle of Nsoor’s government to instate Dr Khaled Kalaldeh president of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC); entailed the exchange of Hammad!

Hammad’s exchange was only result of Dr Nsoor’s persistence to include him in the reshuffle, after the relationship between the two deteriorated to the point of no return and news of the static between the two became public!

Other decision circles were reluctant to see this change through, but the Premier insisted. Nonetheless, to be consistent myself, I had previously criticised bringing Hammad back to head the Interior Ministry after years of absence, in the first article I wrote about him, as I personally saw it as a negative indicator, only to be surprised by his performance, boldness, adequacy, and persistence to address the phenoms of understating legal authority and outlawry against public welfare!

Let us just say the decision maker wanted to right the wrongs of Nsoor, in this case; and that is a good thing. We also wish of the new Minister, who contributed to the management of the 1989 elections, under the government of Sharif Zeid bin Shaker, to help reproduce the same process with the same integrity soon. However, what is out of context and Jordanian political norm, is what happened to the two ministers; Mazen Qadi and Yousef Shawarbeh!

The two men were on the ministerial team for no longer than 40 days. Obviously, they agreed to join the new government on the basis of an implicit arrangement, or perhaps a gentlemen’s deal; that they will not be cast out with the departing government —Nsoor’s, which was not expected to endure long, and that they will probably be on the new team.

Qadi and Shawarbeh were not really put to the test, and their departure is harmful to them. Instead, their names could have been thrown into the mix of quota-based appointments, to be reinstated in other ministries for example. Should we accept the recent events with Mazen Qadi, previously head of the General Security Directorate, former Representative, with an extensive history in government, what is even more unacceptable is what happened to Yousef Shawarbeh!

Once again, appointments are thrown about, in and out, on basis besides adequacy and qualification, in spite of the persistent clutch to adequacy and technocratic ministers, as previously done with those ministers who did well in the recently folded phase.