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‘Rule of law, citizenship, democracy are foundations of future civil state’

By JT - Apr 17,2019 - Last updated at Apr 17,2019

AMMAN — The aim of political development is to improve the political apparatus’ ability to adapt to internal and external changes, Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah said on Wednesday.

During a lecture on police administration at the Royal Police Academy, Maaytah reaffirmed the need for a “genuine” civil society, a middle class with a civil culture and strong political parties.

“It is important that these parties believe in reform as the path to building an effective democracy to include citizens in the decision-making process,” he said.

He added that it is crucial to come to consensus on the future concept of the state.

The attainment of these goals, Maaytah explained, requires ideological currents, parties and an active pluralist political system that goes hand in hand with transparent, regular and transparent elections.

Such institutions enable the participation of women and youth effectively, Maaytah said, adding that all of this is based on the concept of the separation of authorities and the strength of an independent, fair judicial system.

“Political reforms start from within society.”

He also explained that the society and state institutions should operate on the conviction that reform is an internal requirement and a necessity for development and stability.

“Operating on this conviction is the only effective way to arrive at an active democracy.”

His Majesty King Abdullah’s Discussion Papers laid the roadmap for political reforms in Jordan, the minister said, adding these documents define the roles of the state’s components in the reform process, as well as the basic concepts for the development of a citizenship-based democracy that includes everyone.

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