By Ala’ Alrababa’h (Twitter: @a_alrababah)
On Sunday, King Abdullah II gave the opening speech to Jordan’s 17th parliament. The speech outlined some significant steps that, if implemented, will genuinely reform Jordan’s political system (to listen to the speech click here, to read it click here). Following are some important takeaways from the speech:
The Next Prime Minister
[We] call for a new approach. We will start as part of this new approach with consultations over the government’s formation with the Lower House and parliamentary blocs as they take shape, in order to reach consensus that leads to the designation of a prime minister, who, in turn, will enter into consultations with the parliamentary blocs and other political forces as he selects his ministerial team. He will then seek the Lower House’s confidence based on a policy statement resulting from the consultation process, and on four-year programmes.