The blueprint for the formation of future governments was formally, and carefully, drawn in His Majesty King Abdullah’s second outline of the democratic march in Jordan.
As of this year, all future prime ministers will be designated after careful consultations with the majority blocs in parliament, said the King, indicating that in the absence of a major political bloc emerging after elections, consultations will be conducted with all the other parties.
The designated prime minister will then have to consult deputies on the selection of Cabinet ministers, and with parliament members on his policies and strategies for the future.
The delineation of the mechanism that should guide this new phase in the democratic advancement of the country reflects the King’s vision for taking Jordan beyond the current government-forming mechanism to a much more advanced stage where governance will be sophisticated and accountable.
The leap to a more progressive form of democracy will not be easy; trials and errors will surely occur along the way, but, as the Monarch emphasised, there is need for a new beginning for democracy in the country.
The success of this process requires the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the citizens, their representatives, the judiciary and civil society.
To succeed, all sides must invest in the process, and take their rights and responsibilities seriously.
The successful implementation of this vision will be determined by party formations that have clear agendas and platforms for attaining their goals.
The envisaged system would have to work like a well-oiled machinery, with the various parts cooperating and performing their roles exemplarily.
The King has shared his vision with us. We, the people, can make that vision become a reality.