One does not need much to know that Razzaz’s government is up against an enflamed parliament with an agitated mood.
The highlights would suffice.
Ones like “South Jordan MPs to Vote No Confidence”, “Habashneh: the Citizen is a Victim of Razzaz’s”, “Attieh: After the Razzaz Statement: God Save the Country”, “Fayez: Razzaz’s Statement is Weak”, “Tarawneh: MP and Finance Minister Clash”, are enough to show any one the truth of Razzaz’s situation.
This is aside to the gigantic campaign led by influential MPs to block confidence.
So, the question is, what’s going on?
Why are the MPs so furious and adamant to shake down a weeks-old government even before it is granted confidence? What pros and cons do we know about it yet?!
If one doesn’t know better, they would think the government has been in the Fourth Circle for at least year; a very disappointing year!
But that isn’t case now, is it?
Well, one explanation is that the House of Representatives is hurt; it has lost a lot of its credibility and a considerable amount of power to the unions and the street.
So, they’re trying to reaffirm their status as representatives of the people.
Another explanation says all these surveys have fuelled the MPs’ feud, like the Strategic Studies Centre’s poll, showing the House’s approval rate as low as 14 per cent. Still, there is a confidence gap disrupting the citizen’s relationship with the state as a whole, the House included.
Others seem think that this crusade was triggered by the Prime Minister’s formation of Cabinet, which included more than half of Dr Hani Mulqi’s toppled one.
Meanwhile, there are those also who see the arrival of opposition and popular movement figures to government as a negative inclination.
That said, will Razzaz’s Cabinet weather the storm and land a Confidence Vote in the midst of all this? Will the underway political mediation alleviate some of the agitation and deliver the PM’s government to the Fourth Circle?
So far, we haven’t heard a single MP defending the government or adopting its narrative, let alone agenda!
Further still, if the House does not grant confidence, will this raise the MPs’ approval rating and change the public’s perception of their typicality?
Mindfully, the public’s perception of the House is not a product of one or two isolated incidents of late. It has been deteriorating for years and years, even after the new election law.
Personally, I think if the MPs go ahead and lock Razzaz’s government out, it will incur far more damage to the state and the House itself that it would to Razzaz.
His government has yet to be tried. And since the House has voted numerous governments in without a single agenda or programme announced, or even recognition of the crises, it doesn’t really help its credibility to vote this one out.
They will go down in history as the House who voted out a reformist government without giving it as much as a chance.
We —as citizens— have no idea whether or not Razzaz and his team can deliver on their pledges!
The MPs are being provocative, all to reassert their presence and authority today, and defend themselves against the natural feeling of failure and rejection.
However, I doubt they’re going to do so by voting out a government that has a significant approval rate.
Instead, I think the House will adopt a critical, systematic approach to monitor and observe the government’s performance, as is expected of the Parliament.
This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.