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Royal interest in youth engagement in Jordan’s political life — Maaytah

Musa Al- Maaytah
Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah has an interest in the engagement of young people in political and public life through their participation in the election process as well as in decision-making, Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah said at the launch ceremony of a national campaign on Sunday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Addressing the ceremony of the “National Campaign of the Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs to Stimulate Participation in the Municipal and Governorate Councils 2022”, Maaytah said the “higher and more effective” turnout in elections would produce better election out-comes, which closely reflect the people’s concerns and needs and based on party program-driven foundations.

Maaytah pointed to the importance of youth and women participation and success in the election process; in Parliament, as well as municipal and governorate councils.

The minister also called on young people to play active roles in their communities, highlighting the importance of the recommendations of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System. He referred to reducing the candidacy age to 25 years, which was recently approved by the Lower House as part of constitutional amendments.

The campaign launch was held in partnership with Arab World Center for Democracy Development & Human Rights (UNIHRD) and German Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), and was attended by a number of young women and men from all the Kingdom’s governorates. Participants forwarded visions and some inquiries on how to spur young people to engage in the political process and in elections in light of current challenges.

For his part, the HSF Resident Representative, Kristof W. Duwaerts, said that there is “remarkable” interest in decentralization as it enables citizens to engage in politics through local councils and in their respective governorates. “Municipal elections are important because they directly affect people’s lives, especially youth and women, through political programs,” Duwaerts noted.

UNIHRD Project Director Haitham Ta’ani indicated the need to support youth and women and strengthen their role in political participation and party membership. He also stressed the importance of youth’s role in political modernization, expressing the need to provide protection for their participation in political life, calling on the youth to be a “strong” voice in the parties they join to translate King Abdullah’s vision.

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