We seek to agree on “pact” leading to “parliamentary governments”, says Razzaz
Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz, said he is keen on working with the Lower House of Parliament to launch a national dialogue leading to consensus on a “pact” that will “lead us to parliamentary governments.”
Razzaz spoke in a meeting with Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, the permanent office, parliamentary blocs and a number of deputies, as part of a series of meetings and consultations he is holding to form a government.
Prime Minister-designate said parliamentary governments that His Majesty King Abdullah spoke about in the discussion papers should not remain a mere slogan, pointing out, in this context, that achieving this requires awareness, culture and building strong institutions.
He stressed the importance of formulating a national plan for the transition of economic and political reform in a coherent manner to reach a new social contract on rights and duties.
“Young people are waiting for us to work together to feel that they are a Generation of Participation and not a Waiting Generation” he added.
Razzaz emphasized that the government will take the partnership with the Lower House seriously, and it wants to agree on a “pact” with the house the two parties must commit to in order to meet the various challenges. He also stressed the importance of adopting a participatory approach with all, especially with the Lower House and its various committees.
“The government is determined not to repeat mistakes, especially with regard to forming the ministerial team,” Razzaz underlined, explaining that the team will be selected according to the following conditions: integrity, honesty, excellent performance, ability to communicate and adopting team spirit inside and outside ministries.
He added that the formation won’t be “technocratic” in the strict sense, and won’t be “purely political” also.
He said he will personally bears sole responsibility for choosing his ministerial team, denying any pressure exerted on him by any party regarding the selection process.
Razzaz pointed out that withdrawing the income tax bill comes to re-raise the subject and conduct a real dialogue on its content by looking at the tax burden in an integrated manner, and address tax evasion without tampering with the basic rights of citizens.
Deputies called on the premier-designate to include professionally capable national figures, who are honest and accepted among the masses, to the ministerial team, and called for a program of work to be presented with time, figures and objectives that ease citizens’ suffering and improve their standard of living.
They also called for avoiding pressures during the formation of the government, realizing past lessons and taking the fight against corruption seriously.
Source: Jordan News Agency