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Jordan: Islamic Action Front Calls For Fair Electoral Law
In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, Secretary General of the Jordanian Islamic Action Front Zaki Bin Arsheed slammed the government for its failure to honor its pledge of passing  a fairer election law, saying that the delay is unjustified “ especially that all political forces unanimously call for the change of the current election law and the government won the confidence of Parliame
Monday, October 9,2006 00:00
by Ikhwanweb

In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, Secretary General of the Jordanian Islamic Action Front Zaki Bin Arsheed slammed the government for its failure to honor its pledge of passing  a fairer election law, saying that the delay is unjustified “ especially that all political forces unanimously call for the change of the current election law and the government won the confidence of Parliament members only because it approved of this step”, he said.

 Bin Arsheed also laid stress that a fair and a fully fledged election law could be the right path of political reform and an evidence that the government is headed to reform, adding that national political forces and official parties have submitted a draft election law.

He warned that the failure of the government to honor its pledge of passing a new election law will only mean its lack of interest in political reform, which will in turn further the already political standoff in the Jordanian society, consolidating absolutism within the state.

The secretary general called on the government to hold the election in its due time provided by the constitution. He added that the complicated political, economic or social conditions are only encountered by political openness and popular participation as well as holding the election in its due time, pointing out that the election was held in Palestine and Iraq although the political situation in these two countries are far more difficult than in Jordan. He praised the Jordanian people, saying that the masses have reached such a political maturity that they reject any foreign hegemony or interference with their country’s domestic affairs.

 Bin Arsheed also downplayed the fears that the Islamic movement could sweep the election by saying that the political arena should be open to all and it is the ballot boxes which must be the only arbiter.

He wondered at such fears , saying that the Islamic movement is not that new to the nation and all the Jordanian people know that it is a moderate and mature movement taking in its consideration the very interests of the nation, citing the movement ‘s political, economic and social agenda and its advocacy of multiparty system and abidance by the constitution.

 He also hastened to say that the Islamic movement is an indigenous opposition Jordanian one and that it has never introduced itself as an adversary to any party or a substitute to the regime.

 On rumors of splits or coups within the Islamic Action Front , Bin Arsheed said that it is only a reconsideration and assessment of the performance of the party and its handling of the relations with the government .

 “ To reconsider the party’s issues and positions is constructive and leads to compromise rather than splits among the members”, he said , calling on the media especially the press to depend on resources within the party before publishing any reports on the party or its activities, warning of some media circles which try to play the Islamic movement and the government off against each others.


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