By Randa Habib
I often wonder why Jordan lacks influential, active and credible political parties. The system and the law allow it and the king has been calling for it. So where is the problem?
On paper, there are numerous political parties that people can’t even remember their names. But in reality, the majority of these parties do not enjoy enough popularity, followers or even sympathizers. They often reflect the personality of their leaders, or promote ideologies of the fifties!
Can’t some of these political parties, which did not manage to prove themselves, merge and form a strong party, whether rightist, leftist or even environmentalist? It does not really matter as long as they are strong, well organized, popular and have clear programmes.
It is time for people to forget about their own narrow personal interests, and think of what the nation needs.
In the past few months, several groups have appeared calling for change, but their demands could have been heard better if they unite under a coalition.
This country is now on path to “modern reforms.” The leadership has committed to amend the electoral law to win the acceptance of the majority of Jordanians.
This new electoral law will pave the way for a real and active political life in the country. But political parties, which are essential in any democracy, have a key part in this matter.
When parties are credible, they play a crucial role in politics as well as in conveying what the people need and want.
So it is time for the people to have their share in the process.