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Consultations with House blocs conclude

By JT - Feb 24,2013 - Last updated at Feb 24,2013

AMMAN — The first round of consultations between Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh and parliamentary blocs over the nomination of a prime minister concluded on Sunday.

He met on Sunday with the last bloc, the eight-member New Approach, according to a Royal Court statement.

The meeting came as a continuation of Tarawneh’s previous meetings with parliamentary blocs, which started last Monday, as they seek to arrive at a consensus on a person to be nominated for premiership.

The bloc’s deputies stressed the need for a prime minister who would be accepted by the majority of the public, and who would not have previously served in the office.

The next premier should also believe in national dialogue and political reform, they noted.

“The next premier and his Cabinet should have an economic reform programme that works to attract foreign investments, attend to energy issues, supports the national industrial sector and gives priority to education,” the bloc said.

They added that the next government should also focus on developing the agricultural sector to create jobs and help curb poverty and unemployment.

The “white revolution” that the King called for in the Speech from the Throne meant fighting corruption, working for comprehensive reform, rebuilding and working to address and resolve problems, according to the bloc’s statement.

Throughout the first stage of consultations, Tarawneh conferred with all eight parliamentary blocs.

During his last meeting in the first round of consultations, Tarawneh said he would convey the deputies’ viewpoints to His Majesty King Abdullah, in all transparency and neutrality, pointing out that these consultations are in line with the King’s strong belief in the political role of the Lower House, besides its monitoring and legislative capabilities.

Some of the bloc’s deputies said it was important to have deputies within the next government, but others objected to that, citing that the Parliament and Cabinet should remain separated, with no overlap in their jurisdictions.

The principle of the separation of powers is enshrined in the Constitution, but cooperation among the three branches of power, in the best interest of the country, is vital, Tarawneh said.

On Monday, Tarawneh will begin consultations with the independent deputies. 

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