How do we manage this crisis?

Fahed Khitan (Photo: NYTimes)
While waiting for the outcome of “family communications” with HRH Prince Hamzah, authorities must do a lot to keep pace with the sensitive incident.
اضافة اعلان
A case of this size requires at this stage that investigators hold a daily presser to keep citizens updated with developments and investigation findings. The absence of an official narrative and the alienation that Jordanian media witnessed Saturday must never happen again.

They must also consider holding a closed session for Parliament, to brief representatives and senators on the full details of the attempt to destabilize Jordan, as well as hold meetings with notable community representatives of various ranks to explain the case and its danger to national security.

On the international level, the world demonstrated solidarity with Jordan, and absolute support to the measures taken by the country to maintain its security and stability, as well as its full support for His Majesty King Abdullah.

The challenge currently facing the state’s institutions include solidifying the domestic front and mobilizing community forces behind political leadership and the King.

We are facing open possibilities. Family mediation might fail to persuade the prince to abandon his rule-adverse political activities, and the situation might call for steps that no one wants to take. Hence, a wide-ranging social protection umbrella must be provided to face all possible scenarios.

Over the years, we have made countless mistakes in the state’s style of managing its relationship with society, which came at the expense of the state’s institutions and leadership. It is now time for the state to review its political and security practices and rebuild consensus.

The circumstances coinciding with the case are difficult and complex, as the country is suffering from the repercussions of the pandemic, and the difficult economic conditions have allowed an opening for those wanting influence citizens’ already muddled loyalty for the state. It also comes at a time when key decision-making branches are weakened, and there has been a huge decline in the righteousness of statesmen, their ability to persuade, and their ability to manage the government’s relationship with an angry and frustrated public, which is subjected to systematic rumors and lies via social media on a daily basis.

We are currently in a phase where we are in need of examples on how creative leadership is able to address public opinion.

At this stage, the best we can do is launch a wide-ranging reform process, starting from the political arena; to make the opposition feel like a primary partner in the country’s journey, and to dispose of a political legacy that has always burdened the state and the society, and led to the loss in the ability to maneuver and prevail.

Expanding the base of the King’s political legitimacy must be at  the top of our priorities at this stage. The political game in the country has become so narrow, that institutions seem isolated and alienated to most, leading in most cases to the majority’s indifference to the future of the state.

Crises are countries’ opportunities to reform their policies and instruments, and the opportunity is now open to us without us having chosen it.