Switch to Forum Live View New govâ€™t â€˜last chanceâ€™ for reform (Jordan)
|3 years ago :: Apr 29, 2012 - 5:54PM #1|
So is this the last chance Jordan has to reform? Or is it the last chance the King has at controlling the reforms?
New gov’t ‘last chance’ for reform
by Taylor Luck | Apr 29,2012 | 23:03
AMMAN — More than the country’s fourth government since the launch of the Arab Spring, observers say the Prime Ministry’s latest occupant may represent the final chance to revive the country’s stalled reform drive, according to political analysts.
By tendering his surprise resignation on Thursday, outgoing premier Awn Khasawneh placed a spotlight on the country’s flagging reform process and the failure of successive governments to realise political change, they said.
The delay in democratic reforms was the central theme in His Majesty King Abdullah’s Letter of Designation to Fayez Tarawneh and his response to Khasawneh’s resignation, in which he stressed that the country “does not have the luxury of time” in its political development.
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The key to reviving the country’s reform process is retooling the proposed elections law, which in its current form has drawn widespread criticism from groups across the political and social spectra, analysts say.
“The elections law is the single most important step towards democracy,” said Musa Maaytah, political development minister under the Bakhit government.
“If we fail to get it right, the whole reform process will have been for nothing.”
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“Any further delays will not just be a political crisis, it may become a crisis threatening the country’s stability,” Kullab warned.
Amid the cycle of governments, growing public dissatisfaction and risks that the Kingdom is sliding from the Arab Spring “model” to an Arab Spring “exception”, analysts say failure for Tarawneh’s second go around as prime minister “is not an option”.
“After running through governments, committees and dialogues the country is down to its final hope,” Maaytah warned.
Remember: this article is from Jordan's official newspaper