House to host dialogue over political reform — Speaker

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Deputies take a vote during the Lower House’s session on Wednesday (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Lower House Speaker Abdul Munim Odat announced on Wednesday the launch of a national dialogue next month, to involve civil society institutions, political parties and opinion leaders on legislation aiming to facelift political life.اضافة اعلان

He noted during a session that Parliament “will host these talks in coordination with parliamentary committees. The Lower House will host all stakeholders, and public opinion leaders, to reach a consensus on the legislative reform of political life in Jordan.”

Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah told Jordan News that the development of political life is an “ongoing process”.

“We started weeks ago a dialogue with 50 political parties and various civil society representatives. We at the ministry continue to learn and listen to stakeholders”.

Jamil Nemri, a former MP and Secretary General of the Social Democrat Party questioned the timing of the move.

“It remains unclear why this statement came now, right after we finished a parliamentary elections,” he told Jordan News.

The politician stressed the need to identify the “frame of the intended political reform” before engaging in legislative amendments. “The amendments must lead to sound political practice and the formation of (efficient) political parties and blocs.” 

His Majesty King Abdullah urged on Tuesday further cooperation between the House and the government, noting the importance of moving forward with the revision of the elections, political parties, and local administration laws.
Speaking at the meeting, House Speaker Abdul Monem Odat said the Chamber exercises its oversight role by pointing out shortcomings in public administration, so that the minister in question understands he or she is accountable, noting ongoing cooperation between the House and government.