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‘New centrist political coalition believes in nationally grown reform initiatives’

By Raed Omari - Jan 18,2016 - Last updated at Jan 18,2016

AMMAN — Six political parties which have recently formed a new political movement have mostly centrist ideologies that seek to achieve reforms through purely national programmes, a founding member said Monday.

“Most of the parties are of centrist ideologies, carrying nationalist, conservative and liberal thoughts that lie at the heart of the country’s interests and are not imported from abroad,” National Current Party Secretary General Saleh Irsheidat told The Jordan Times.

Earlier this week, the National Current Party, Stronger Jordan, the Reform and Renewal Party (Hasad), the National Democratic Party, Al Hayah Party and Al Awn National Party formed a new political movement under the name: “Renewal Current”.

The secretaries general of the six parties have announced that the movement’s political agenda is centred around enhancing the democratic approach and promoting modernity and pluralism.

Irsheidat said the six parties all agree on the principles of democracy, reform, rule of law and having a civil state.

“The ideas we share and we will promote all stem from the Royal Discussion Papers by His Majesty King Abdullah.”

Between December 2012 and September 2014, His Majesty King Abdullah authored and published five papers that dealt with democracy, parliamentary government and political reform in Jordan.

Asked whether the newly-formed coalition seeks to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections under a unified list, Irshediat said: “It is an idea but our main objective is to help achieve reforms and democracy.”

The former youth minister expressed hopes that the new political movement would succeed in attracting more political powers and independent figures.


“We hope to establish the base of an inclusive, nationwide reform project.” 

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