- Ziadin: We need parties with a political and intellectual color and taste, not a party that the public demands
- Al-Nimri: The rules of the political game have changed and reform has become a national need for the state as well as the citizen
- Party leaders: The current stage is completely different, and the parties are the ones who will the political future
Fajr, former Minister of Information, Al-Ain Dr. Muhammad Al-Momani in the Saturday Salon, which was held this evening at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Ras Al-Ain, was a huge surprise when he talked about how political money “has invaded and infiltrated existing parties,” without naming them or revealing more details about this infiltration, but he went further. To confirm that these breakthroughs are being monitored, and soon we will see partisans in prison.
Al-Momani, the Secretary-General of the Al-Methaq Party, said in this context, “Take it from me... Soon they (i.e., those whose parties were infiltrated with political money) will go to prison.”
Al-Ain Al-Momani’s speech came during an evening of the Saturday Salon in the Greater Amman Municipality this evening, in which he spoke alongside Al-Momani, the head of the political bureau of the Jordanian Social Democratic Party, Jamil Al-Nimri, and the founding leader of the Civil Democratic Party (under establishment), Qais Zayadin, and it was moderated by our colleague Majid Toubah, coordinator of the Saturday Salon, which Organized by the Department of Cultural Facilities and Programs in the Amman Municipality.
The three party leaders agreed that the current stage that we are witnessing in light of the party movement, in accordance with the outcomes of the political modernization vision, is completely different in terms of party and political life within the process of the Jordanian state and its political history, stressing that the parties are the ones who will the political future of the country, and lead the next stage towards democracy. Complete formation of parliamentary governments in accordance with the royal vision.
They stressed the importance of popular participation in the success of the new experiment by engaging in party work and increasing participation in parties, in order to obtain positive results after the approval of the package of political modernization vision laws that express the political will of His Majesty the King to move forward towards reform and change.
Momani said that the partisan movement we are witnessing on the ground “confirms that we are facing a different, unprecedented stage in the process of political and partisan work,” and that what the political opposition demanded in the early 1990s has become a “living reality,” and it was achieved in 3 months in light of the outcomes of modernization. Political, explaining that what was included in the effective laws such as the threshold and the national party list for the parliamentary elections gave a strong impetus to the parties and would enhance party work.
Momani expected the participation rate in the upcoming elections to increase to between 40-45%, “because the laws of the political modernization system gave a strong impetus to the political movement and the importance of elections in representing the citizen,” refusing at the same time to consider the participation rate in the previous elections as “a negative that is unique to Jordan, as the percentage is the same.” You find it in even developed countries like Germany.”
For his part, Al-Nimri said, “During the past three decades, elections were individual, parties were marginalized, and the role of the representative was a service mediator,” which makes political modernization “a national need and not just a demand of the opposition.”
Al-Nimri added that the Jordanian state is serious about reform, and the rules of the political game have changed, as 30% of the seats in the House of Representatives are now held by parties and compete for them through national lists.
Al-Nimri believed that the main problem reflected in the low rates of political participation is “the widespread lack of popular confidence in the parliamentary institution and in the feasibility of electing representatives who work individually without programmes,” stressing that raising the rates of political participation and voting in parliamentary elections “needs everyone’s efforts.”
Al-Nimri called on everyone, individuals, parties, and elites, to engage in the political, partisan, and parliamentary process, to develop political and public life, and to positively engage everyone with the problems of development and advancement of our country.
In response to a question, Al-Nimri revealed that there is a tendency to merge his party with another. Without mentioning further details.
In turn, Ziadin responded to those who doubted the partisan experience and its usefulness in bringing about change, stressing that it is a “state project” and there is no alternative to parties in political reform. He said, “The road to democracy is not strewn with roses... and it is not permissible to mourn the political process at every crossroads.”
He stressed the need for citizens and elites to engage in the political process to achieve reform, away from frustrating some forces and personalities who want to preserve gains and do not want to change the status quo because they achieve interests in its continuation.
Zayadin said, "We are facing a historic opportunity and we must invest in it," indicating that involving people in political work would new faces in the public scene, stressing the importance of reaching "a civil, democratic state based on the rule of law."
Zayadin stressed the need for the party to have an intellectual ideology and political color that distinguishes it from other parties, and for it to also have clear programs and be honest in presenting them.
Zayadin said, "If we want to make the party experiment a success, we must be clear as parties... that the party should have a colour, taste and smell, and not be a party of what the public demands... that is, a speech for every audience and different in every session."
During the symposium, the speakers answered the audience’s questions and observations, focusing on the importance of parties having solutions to the challenges facing the street, the necessity of all segments of society and its components, including intellectuals, artists, and professionals, engaging in party work, the importance of youth participation and enhancing their political participation, and other issues related to the political impact and movement of parties. During the current period.