King Abdullah of Jordan seeks consensus on premier

February 11, 2013 - 6:54:33 am

AMMAN: King Abdullah II yesterday told newly elected MPs that he seeks to reach “consensus” with them before naming a prime minister, and hailed the “historic transformation” towards parliamentary government in Jordan.

“We will start... this new approach by consulting over the government’s formation with the Lower House and parliamentary blocs as they take shape, in order to reach consensus that leads to the designation of a prime minister,” he told the opening of parliament.

King Abdullah said the premier should in turn consult parliamentary blocs and other forces as he selects his cabinet, seeking confidence “based on a policy statement resulting from the consultation process, and on four-year programmes.”

“You are also expected to shoulder your responsibility towards the success of this historic transformation towards parliamentary government and its development,” the king said. Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur submitted his cabinet’s resignation to the king on January 29, six days after tribal leaders, pro-regime loyalists and independent businessmen swept a general election boycotted by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood and others.

“If a coalition of blocs that enjoys the support of the house’s majority emerges, the consultation and government formation processes will be quick and smooth,” the king said. “In the absence of a majority coalition, on the other hand, this process will take more time and effort. This is a fundamental fact of parliamentary democracy.” afp