AMMAN — Newspapers and columnists on Monday said His Majesty King Abdullah’s statements during an interview with Jordan Television reassured all Jordanians about the country’s seriousness in moving ahead with reforms.
The King, they said, wants all Jordanians to take part in the decision-making process to realise the desired reforms that ultimately seek to lead to parliamentary governments.
In the interview, the King stressed that there is no going back on reforms and that all citizens need to shoulder their responsibilities in attaining the desired reforms, which seek to create a better future for Jordanians.
“The King wanted to reassure all Jordanians that the country is on the right track and that wider public participation in the decision-making process is on the top of his agenda,” Al Rai said in its editorial.
“The King’s interview was clear, honest and transparent and urged all political parties, including the Islamic Action Front, to contribute to achievements in the country,” Al Rai added.
The King’s interview drew a clear path for entrenching democracy and enhancing pluralism under the rule of law, the editorial noted.
Underlining the need for speeding up reforms, the Monarch stressed the importance of economic reforms as a main pillar for social equity, the newspaper indicated.
In its editorial on Monday, Ad Dustour said the interview highlights the King’s continued support for the reform process.
“King Abdullah adopted reforms and modernisation before the Arab Spring started… the King initiated the reforms to lead Jordan to a bright and promising future,” the Arabic daily added.
The Monarch was the first Arab leader to support the Arab Spring and on several occasions he stressed the legitimacy of the peaceful popular activities in the Arab world as long as they abide by the law, Ad Dustour noted.
“The King works day and night to realise the desired reforms and has intervened on several occasions to rectify the reform process,” the editorial said.
In a column in Ad Dustour, Riad Mansour said the King reassured Jordanians that the future of the country is bright and there is no protection for the corrupt.
“The King highlighted his vision for the country and stressed that no one is above the law,” the columnist said.
Al Ghad daily highlighted the King’s optimism about the future of reforms in Jordan.
“The King removed doubts about the path of the reform process and referred to a series of legislative achievements that strengthen the reform process,” Al Ghad said in an opinion article.
King Abdullah stressed that the country’s comprehensive reform process seeks to enable the Kingdom to “peacefully overcome the Arab Spring period”, the Arabic daily added.