Jordan´s New PM Promises Reforms, Critics Skeptical (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/03/12)
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Jordan´s King Abdullah II on Wednesday swore in a cabinet tasked with
pushing for reforms, AFP reported.
The new cabinet is led by Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh and includes
30 people, 20 of whom are newcomers. One woman, Nadia Hashem, was
appointed state minister for women´s affairs, the report said.
In the cabinet, which no longer features a youth and sports ministry,
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh retains his portfolio, veteran
journalist Samih Maaytah becomes information minister and economist
Suleiman Hafez takes up the finance post.
Judeh has held the same position in four governments since 2008,
while Maaytah was a Jordan Television political talk show host and
columnist for several newspapers.
Hafez held the energy, telecommunications and finance posts in 2010,
1999 and 1998, respectively.
The king appointed Tarawneh last week, after the resignation of 62-
year-old Awn Khasawneh, an International Court of Justice judge who
formed his cabinet last October and resigned just six months later.
The king asked Tarawneh to form a government for “a limited
transitional period” to pave the way for polls before the end of
2012. According to AFP, he accused Khasawneh of being too slow, as
Jordan “cannot afford any delay in achieving the needed reform.”
Political analyst Oreib Rintawi, who heads the Amman-based Al-Quds
Centre for Political Studies, rejected the idea that the new cabinet
will push for reforms.
“The resignation of Khasawneh and the designation of Tarawneh... do
not send reassuring messages about reform,” he told AFP. “This does
not help people believe that we are having a genuine reform process.
I think Jordan will witness heated debate in the coming months
between the government and opposition, mainly the Islamists, who got
the message clearly.”
Tarawneh pledged his cabinet would be “a government of reforms that
embodies your majesty´s vision to guarantee the holding of
He added, “The electoral law is the backbone of political reform. My
government will work with MPs to produce a law that will meet the
demands of all Jordanians and build the foundation for parliamentary
Jordanians have been demonstrating since January of last year,
demanding sweeping political and economic reforms as well as an end
to corruption, as part of the Arab Spring protests.
King Abdullah II has promised Jordanians some reforms, including
a “future” government that will be elected instead of appointed by
the king. The king appoints his cabinet ministers and can dissolve
parliament, which is elected by the people. Those reforms have been
slow in being implemented. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/03/12)
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