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Fresh beginning

Jun 06,2018 - Last updated at Jun 06,2018

The "induced" resignation of outgoing prime minister Hani Mulki came as no surprise after he has failed to react positively to the repeated signals and messages of His Majesty King Abdullah and the calls of demonstrators across the country to withdraw the controversial new income tax law altogether and launch a genuine national dialogue about its key provisions.

Mulki also failed to take on board the pulse of the country on the new legislation right from the beginning, and seemed to have rejected outright signals from Parliamentarians from both Chambers that he should withdraw the draft law and come up with one that commands public support. 

Not willing or able to open a new page as suggested by PMs, associations and civil societies at large has left the King no choice except to appoint a new prime minister and the formation of a new government.

What came as a pleasant surprise though was the King's designation of Minister of Education Omar Razzaz as the new prime minister. The selection of Razzaz against great odds was like a breath of fresh air, having excelled as the minister of education and brought innovative ideas and policies to the Ministry of Education that won national and international acclaim.

The King's choice of the new prime minister must bring comfort and satisfaction to Jordanians of all walks of life. With Razzaz on the helm, the country can now turn a new page, not only on the troubling income tax legislation, but also on other complimentary policies affecting the course of the Kingdom in these turbulent times.

We can only wish the new prime minister and his team of ministers all the success in responding to the woes and frustrations, and bringing solutions to the many national challenges.

The country needs a fresh beginning after the failed policies and practices over the past years, and the new prime minister could be just that new beginning!

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YES, THE ACCUMULATIONS OF ALL THE PAST ECONOMIC WOES HAS BUBBLED UP UNDER THE EX-PRIMINISTER BUT SURELY IT NEVER BEGAN WITH HIM. CHANGES TOWARDS A POSITIVE DIRECTIONS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD THING BUT ONLY IF ALL THE ATTENTIONS ARE FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE AND NOT THE PRESENT AND/OR THE PAST. THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BLAME THE OUT-GOING GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT CREATE THE MESS AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT THEY DID THAT WAS NOT CLEARED BY ALL THE INTERNAL PLAYERS SO BLAMING THE EX-MINISTER NOW IS SIMPLY BLAMING THE VICTM WHICH IS JUST THE WRONG ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM. THAT THERE IS A NEW GOVERNMENT NOW DOES NOT MAKE THE PROBLEM GO AWAY. THE NEW PM WILL NOT PERFORM MIRACLE OR TURN THE DESERT SAND INTO FERTILE SOIL THAT CAN GROW FOOD AND ENERGY IN A DAY, WEEK, MONTH OR EVEN YEARS SO NO ONE SHOULD EXPECT MIRACLE OUT OF THE ACCUMULATED MESS NOW. WHAT IS NEEDED NOW IS THE COLABORATION OF ALL THE PLAYERS FROM THE CIVIL SOCIETY TO ALL THE BRANCHES OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT TO FIND THE BEST WAY FOWARD. JUST AS THE NEWLY APPOINTED PM IS A GOOD CHOICE AND A SHIFT FROM THE OLD MERRY-GO-ROUND FORMAT. FROM EDUCATION TO TOUGH POLITICAL EQUATION IS LIKE A 360-DEGREE TURN SO IT WILL NOT BE EASY BUT SURELY HE IS CAPABLE OF TAKING ON THE CHALLANGE. HE WILL NEED ALL THE HELP THAT HE CAN GET FROM ALL JORDANIANS AND HAVING BEEN EDUCATED IN THE WEST IS ALSO A PLUS AND WE ALL SHOULD WISH HIM THE BEST.

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