Governments inconsistent in adopting specific economic policies — Rifai

3. Samir Rifai
Senator Samir Al-Rifai. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Senator Samir Al-Rifai, chairman of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System has said that we must invest as Jordanians and build a political life based on parties work that have programs that are in harmony with the priorities, principles, and pillars of the Jordanian state, Al-Ghad daily reported.اضافة اعلان

He was speaking Tuesday at the launch of a national conference organized by Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Rased), under the title “The Impact of the Outcomes of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System”.

Rifai underlined that the presence of challenges is normal in any process, but it is always possible to confront them.

He stressed the need for those involved in political and party work to accept those who differ with them over programs, or opinions, as this is the essence of political work, and to move away from elitism in forming parties. He added that we should turn to popular bases and reach people of all intellectual and social backgrounds.

Rifai pointed to the need to attract young people to join political parties because they will be at the fore of the political scene in the near future. He called on them to engage in parties that represent their intellectual orientations and political, economic, and social interests.

With regard to the role of women in politics, he expressed his surprise that between 1974 and 1993, only one woman was elected in parliamentary elections, followed by 11 women after the introduction of the women’s quota, while 830 male candidates succeeded during these years. He said that the women quota should continue for a transitional stage only.

Rifai said that all governments, including his which he formed in 2009, had adopted inconsistent economic decisions. He added that governments must adopt a specific economic identity for the Jordanian state.

He concluded that he is not a member of any political party, but he supports all parties that seek to work for the benefit of Jordan and Jordanians.

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