Abadi urges national unity, return to 2011 Constitution

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Former deputy prime minister Mamdouh Al-Abadi (right) speaks at a panel discussion on August 8, 2022. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — Former deputy prime minister Mamdouh Al-Abadi called for strengthening the internal front and adopting an effective strategy to deal with external challenges, according to Jafra News.اضافة اعلان

In a panel discussion entitled “Jordan between internal and external challenges”, organized by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Forum on Monday, Abadi called for adopting an approach that confronts external challenges and is in sync with the domestic strategies.

He urged a “deep, real, and patriotic” review of the political events the country is going through, which can be done by establishing a crisis cell or an expert team that evaluates and studies old and recent files and finds a way to reconcile them.

Abadi stressed the need to address the controversy over the so-called demographic components and their rights in Jordan as a necessary step toward reestablishing national cohesion.

He said that would also embrace the concept of citizenship and equality to buttress Jordan’s strength and resilience, which is an essential part of the strategy to support the Palestinians.

He stressed that any reform process must be dynamic and goal oriented, adding that Jordan may be passing through difficult economic and political circumstances, but the course must be corrected “today”.

Abadi called for the return to the 2011 Constitution, which maintains a “real balance” among the three branches of government, and is best suited to face internal challenges.

Turning to the economy, Abadi said that all economic indicators of the past 20 years point to a significant deterioration, an increase in budget deficits, indebtedness, swelling poverty and unemployment.

He noted that only three Jordanians out of 10 who are eligible to vote did so in the last elections, and this should sound an alarm bell because apathy, negativity, and anger pose a big challenge.

He insisted that trust must be restored between citizens and the government, stressing that polls conducted by the Center of Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan showed that more than two-thirds of Jordanians do not trust the Parliament, parties, governments, and state institutions.

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