By: Fahed Khitan

Mulqi’s Gov't: Nothing Wrong in it Being “Transitional”

I am still convinced that Dr Hani Mulqi’s government is transitional. Not constitutionally? Perhaps, but politically speaking, no other description fits.

In His Majesty’s parting letter to former Premier Abdullah Nsoor, He said that the resignation of the government is indispensable to the dissemblance of Parliament. Such a statement says a lot.

Nothing wrong is entailed by the description of Mulqi’s government as “Transitional”, or degrading. On the contrary; transitional governments are more crucial that ordinary ones.

The first government of the Prince Sharif Zaid bin Shaker, may He rest in peace; was politically a transitional government. Yet, it left a distinctive mark in the history of democratic transformation in Jordan. It was formed out of the midst of an economic storm coupled with popular protest and unrest; similarly —to a huge extent, Mulqi’s government faces the same kind of challenges; running Representative Elections —although in Mulqi’s case the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) is running the show; as well as the unprecedented, critical economic and financial situation.

After more than 25 years since the 1989 elections, supervised by “Abu Shaker’s” government, without an Independent Commission; still, nobody points with doubt at those elections. Notable, as well of that particular government; is that they did manage to put the Country on the track out of economic turmoil, saving the Jordanian currency (Dinar) from a series of collapses, as the Treasure ran almost dry. And when the government concluded its transitional tasks, Prince Zaid excused Himself from forming the post-elections government, handing the stage over to Modar Badran.

Transitional governments, are the moments for ideal statesmen to prove themselves and their abilities to weather national crises and reform imbalances. Imagine that Nsoor had left after the transitional phase and the Representative Elections were concluded, without forming a “Parliamentary Government”? He would have gone down as an exceptional figure in Jordanian Political History.

Nsoor’s experiment proved that it is unsuitable for the transitional premier to continue post the elections, unless it is an original proposition of Parliamentary majority; not imposed by soft force.

Mulqi’s government is currently free of all forms of complementary formality; given the scale of cumulated problems in the spheres of economy, management, and reformation, every achievement scored by the Premier and his government over this brief transitional phase, will have a tangible effect, to be attributed to their governance.

The government could adopt a plan to reform education, and commence implementation, hold national dialogues and workshops to counter extremism, and enhance government services; health and transportation. Additionally, they could start works on small projects, instead of weighing themselves with huge projects they could not achieve, and going down in national history for their failures.

Even though running the Representative Elections is a task of the IEC, the government’s part in it is vital, and would help score partial but important, complementary success to that of the Commission, should the Elections pan out to expectation. In fact, Mulqi did speak wisely, in every word he said; during his visit to the IEC quarters, just as he was wise to visit the quarters the moment the government was formed.

Transitional governments are not any less important than other forms of government. What is important though, is the achievement entailed by the governance —not the time spend by the Premier at the Fourth Circle, and the memories he leaves behind.

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