Only 10 MPs have perfect attendance record — Rased report

2. Rased Report
Members of Parliament vote on an amendment to the Greater Amman Municipality Law on August 16, 2020. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The final report on the performance of the 19th Parliament for the year was issued Tuesday by the Al Hayat Center, Rased, which found that Parliament had no blocs and that 21 MPs had not even submitted any parliamentary questions, Rased Director Amer Bani Amer said, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The report also included an opinion poll taken of all 115 representatives in Parliament, asking them about their performance and the performance of the government. Deputies said the government answered 89 percent of parliamentary questions submitted. 

In the Parliament’s first year, 34 pieces of legislation were passed, a total of 999 parliamentary questions were submitted, and 25 interpellations to government ministers, none of which were discussed by the Lower House.

While lawmakers had 2,292 interventions in parliamentary sessions through the year, the report found that 88 percent of them were “not substantive”.

The report found that most questions submitted were from only 30 deputies, and that the ministries of health, energy and mineral resources, and water and irrigation were the ministries that received the most questions from Parliament.

The report also found that only 10 MPs had a perfect attendance record, and that only four deputies led the substantive interventions in parliamentary sessions, noting that MP Zainab Al-Badol alone submitted 106 questions, followed by MP Saleh Al-Armouti. 

The poll taken of MPs showed that all MPs answered “satisfied” when asked to rate their performance, while 78 percent of them said they were dissatisfied with the government’s performance, rating it between “acceptable” to “weak”.

The report found that 89 percent of lawmakers do not believe that the upcoming elections for Lower House speaker is a foregone conclusion or settled. Bani Amer said that the speaker of parliament and his deputy are not subject to this evaluation methodology. 

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