Interview Key Messages… Reform Journey
We in Jordan have chosen a third way: Political life has not remained stagnant, yet we have not leapt into the unknown. Moreover, we have not reduced reform ...
to only elections. Rather, we have established an integrated and comprehensive system of democratic laws, institutions and practices.
o We started with amending the Constitution,
o and then came the first round of developing the core political laws such as the election, political parties and public assembly laws.
o That was followed by establishing democratic institutions with strong mandates, such as the Independent Elections Commission and the Constitutional Court.
o Then we held parliamentary and municipal elections in one year,
o an achievement that renewed the political process and those engaged in it.
Today, we are amidst the second round of amending key political laws to entrench the democratic approach and render these pieces of legislation consistent with constitutional amendments. They include the Independence of the Judiciary Law and the State Security Court Law, along with an updated package of socio-economic legislation to achieve comprehensive economic growth and promote social justice.
My vision is based on the importance of economic reforms because they facilitate the process of political reform.
Jordan has made and continues to make significant strides in the reform process, even under difficult and stressful economic and financial conditions. We will not allow economic or regional challenges to be used as excuses to halt the process of reform, which we, hand-in-hand with the people of Jordan, will translate into democratic achievements, one after another.
The core target of political reform is the Jordanian citizen. All that has been achieved was meant to empower the individual to participate in the decision-making process.
The ultimate goal is to entrench democracy and reach an advanced level of parliamentary government. This requires continuous efforts to develop platform-based partisan and parliamentary work.
Our reform journey is ongoing and Jordan will keep its arms open to anyone who wants to be an actor in the process of construction and protection of the principles of pluralism, openness, moderation and safeguarding the rights of Jordanians. They should believe, in word and deed, in a level playing field for all political parties to develop programmes and build bases, allowing them to compete within the framework of political pluralism and respect for rights.
This reform model has not excluded anyone, and does not favour anyone.
In Jordan, political opportunity is available for all, including constructive national opposition, to engage in public work and strive to win the confidence of citizens to represent them. Fair competition to assume power is also ensured, without any imposed conditions, provided that the will of the majority is respected.
Evolution of Monarchy
The mechanisms of decision making are in constant evolution, including the Throne. Development, progress and change are part of life. Jordan is evolving as a society, state, institutions and political system, including the monarchy and the Throne. As the leader of this country, I deal with these variables’ development with the necessary and proportionate responsiveness, dynamism and flexibility.
The constant that will not change is the relationship between the monarchy and the people. Our responsibility is to dedicate ourselves to the service of the people, attend to their interests and to be a safety valve in the areas where that is required, especially when defending our national security and maintaining our core values of unity, pluralism, openness, tolerance and moderation. This is our unchanging covenant before God and the people.
Jordan is committed to reform and democracy as a way of life that will necessarily become more rooted over time.
Corruption and Reform
It is time to restore confidence, through cultivating a culture of integrity.
we are working diligently to curb corruption. There are practical steps that have been taken, embodied in the National Integrity System, which enhance existing measures and others to be developed to deter corruption. We will also proceed with upgrading the capacity of state institutions and agencies to make sound decisions with confidence.