Jordan celebrates 76th Independence Day

Determined to continue progressing, guided by Royal visions

(Photos: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordanians on Wednesday celebrated the Kingdom’s 76th Independence Day, at a time the country, which just entered its second centennial, is becoming more resilient and determined to turn challenges into promising opportunities, to continue developing following a comprehensive reform system, according to Al-Mamlaka.اضافة اعلان

His Majesty King Abdullah has addressed challenges facing Jordan with strong will, institutional planning, and a clear vision.

Under the leadership of His Majesty, and following his directives to successive governments, the Kingdom embarked on radical reforms of various aspects of political, social and economic life, with the aim of becoming an even more influential country in the region and the world.

The King’s vision is for the country to attain qualitative achievements, consolidate democracy, respect for the rule of law and human rights, and achieve economic, social and administrative development, as well as to see political stability in the region, combat terrorism and extremism, and spread international peace and security.

Raising the standard of living of the Jordanian citizens and upgrading the level of services provided to them is the core of His Majesty’s priorities as he emphasizes the importance of adopting the principles of accountability, the rule of law, achieving justice and guaranteeing equal opportunities, and strengthening the fight against corruption, all the while stressing the importance of cooperation and coordination among all institutions.

Ever since he assumed his duties, His Majesty has been keen to enrich the democratic practice, and to expand and upgrade the role of the legislative authority.

Political reform system

Reforms are continuing apace as Jordan finds itself in the first year of its second centennial. In his Speech from the Throne, as he inaugurated the first regular session of the nineteenth Parliament, King Abdullah affirmed that Jordan is facing a “new stage on the path of comprehensive modernization, to achieve the future that our people and our dear country deserve”.

Toward economic reform

His Majesty directed the Royal Hashemite Court to start organizing a national workshop, bringing together experts and specialists in the economic sector, in cooperation with the government, to develop a comprehensive vision and a solid roadmap for the coming years.

The King’s vision guarantees the unleashing of capabilities to achieve comprehensive and sustainable growth that would double the job opportunities available to Jordanians, expand the middle class and raise the standard of living of citizens.

Public sector modernization

On December 22, the Cabinet formed a committee to modernize the public sector, headed by the prime minister and having as members ministers, officials and experts with experience in public administration, and representatives from the private sector, which, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh said, is working within a realistic time frame, set at six months, to present a comprehensive road map and an executive program to modernize the public administration and simplify procedures.

Royal care and support for young people

His Majesty has been constantly visiting different regions of the Kingdom, meeting with citizens and representatives of various governorates and sectors, focusing on ways to improve and develop the living conditions of the citizens. His Majesty is always keen to assess the needs and concerns of citizens, repeatedly affirming that Jordan’s real wealth is its youth, at the center of the King’s interest, and enjoying his care and support.

His Majesty strongly believes in the need to motivate and empower the youth by embracing their ideas and supporting their projects, so that they turn into productive members of the society.

Standing with the Palestinian people

In several meetings, His Majesty underlined his support of the Palestinian people saying that “we as Jordanians will never change our position.”

In a historic agreement signed by His Majesty with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, March 2013, the Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites was reaffirmed; that the King is the custodian on the holy sites in Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The reconstruction projects of the holy sites included the rebuilding of the “Al-Aqsa” pulpit, the “Salah Al-Din Pulpit” in 2006, the restoration of the southern and eastern walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to 11 restoration and maintenance projects in various sections of the mosque.

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