Pundits skeptical of new centrist party formed by lawmakers, former officials

Talal Al-Shorafat
Senator Talal Al-Shorafat. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A number of senators, representatives, former ministers, retired army officers, and former officials announced the registration of the National Charter Party on Thursday, in what is viewed as the most recent attempt to form a centrist and broad-based loyalist political party in the wake of the adoption of constitutional amendments last week that will pave the way for the formation of parliamentary governments in the future.اضافة اعلان

The list of founders includes 48 parliamentarians, nine of whom are senators and 39 deputies, and former ministers, as well as former lawmakers, academics, businessmen, and political and national figures. Almost all founding members are holding or held official positions, making the new party elitist, according to critics.

The new party was quickly criticized by pundits as being the party of the state and a recycling of past experiments to create pro-government political entities. It is interesting to note that the announcement of the registration of the new party was made even before Parliament had a chance to debate the draft political parties and elections laws proposed by the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System.

The new party is expected to draw members of other political parties, now numbering over 50, in order to create a platform that would compete against the Islamists in future elections.

Senator Talal Al-Shorafat, one of the founders of the new party, told Ammon News that it took three years of discussions and contacts with Jordanians from all walks of life for the new party to emerge.

He added that organized institutional and collective action is the only guarantee that political life raises to levels that serve the country and restore the bright image of its institutions.

To say that the National Charter Party is the creation of the government is incorrect, the senator said.

The reality of the party’s work and the struggle of its founders, who include members who have various political positions on the government’s work and programs, is that it proceeds from a dynamic that transcends people and focuses on programs.

Shorafat called on citizens to join the party to enhance political participation and move from individual work to organized and collective work that is based on programs.

Pundits reacted to the registration of the new party by saying that Jordanians can see for themselves who the new party represents. Former Editor-in-Chief of Ad-Dustour daily Mohammed Al-Tall wrote in Ammon News that times have changed and that producing parties from inside the authority no longer works.

Tall said that those who formed the new party can only be viewed as progeny of the system.

Columnist Iyad Al-Waqfi wrote on the same site that Jordanians want political parties that come out of the grassroots to truly represent them and not those who represented the state.

Political analyst Mohammed Turki Bani Salamah wrote for JO24 that the deep state had moved from forging elections results to engineering political parties.

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