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Rifai says recent arrests send wrong message to youth

Samir Al-Rifai
An undated photo of Senator Samir Al-Rifai. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Senator Samir Al-Rifai has reiterated that the King is the guarantor of the outcomes of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System within its constitutional framework. He added that developing and modernizing the political system is a collective responsibility for various sectors; official and non-official institutions, including the government, political parties, parliament, civil society institutions, universities, youth, and women.اضافة اعلان

Rifai was speaking at the launch of “Jordan Youth 2030: Jordanian Youth Views on the Outcomes of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System” organized by Yarmouk University in cooperation with Al-Hayat Center-Rased.

He said that he rejects security detentions for opinion-expressing activity, as long as this activity is regulated by the law and the Constitution. He added that this includes the recent arrests and the hefty bails that were requested from the detainees. Rifai said that this sends the wrong message to everyone about our democratic path, and the Royal desire to achieve the desired political modernization.

He stressed that the Jordanian identity is the national identity, regardless of terminology.

He pointed to the important role played by Jordanian youth and women in the next stage, and the necessity of their involvement and empowerment in the political process. He said that it is unreasonable that between 1974 and 1993, only one woman was successfully elected to parliament before the quota system was introduced.

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