On the impact of the protests: King Abdullah II and lessons in governance

On the impact of the protests: King Abdullah II and lessons in governance

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Jordan has witnessed in recent days popular protests in the capital Amman and other provinces on a bill that provides for increasing tax deductions from the incomes of citizens led to the resignation of the government of Dr. Hani Al-Mulqi and the assignment of Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz to form a new government, who is characterized by integrity and clean hands, academic depth and management experience. With this resignation, King Abdullah II Ibn al-Hussein confirms that he does not accept the continued suffering of his people, noting that the recent popular protests made him feel happy. During a meeting at the Husseiniya Palace on Monday, with a number of official media directors, editors of daily newspapers, journalists’ representative and journalist writers, expressed his appreciation of the size of the living pressures facing the citizen saying “I learned from our master, may God have mercy on him, to be with my children, my daughters and my fellow citizens. Jordanians. ” “What I have seen over the past few days makes me feel happy and I am honored to be a Jordanian.” King Abdullah II affirmed his stand always and ever beside his people, the citizen has full right and I did not accept that the Jordanians to suffer and he expressed his pride in what he saw from the cultural expression of Jordanian youth in the past few days, which reflects their keenness to achieve a better future for them. “All Jordanians are working for a better future for their homeland and how to move forward with confidence and determination.”
This noble royal position to stand with the people, not the odd one. We always find King Abdullah II standing with the people ,because he refuses to see his people to be oppressed because King Abdullah II knows that his people are the people of dignity and proud . He is patient, because the people are sincere in belonging to the precious Jordan, and he is loyal to the Hashemite throne. From here, we find the strong relationship between the people and the King Abdullah II, the relationship of loyalty and obedience, a relationship of love and adoring, intimate relationship, the relationship of one Hashemite family.
In view of the strategic position that characterizes the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and to address the economic crisis in the Kingdom and its political and security stability is greatly reflected on the neighboring Arab countries, especially the Gulf, King Salman bin Abdulaziz made connections with King Abdullah II, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He called on them to hold a quadripartite meeting in Mecca including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan to discuss means of supporting Jordan to get out of the economic crisis it is going through. And perhaps for the first time since King Abdullah II assumed the throne in succession to his late father in 1999, goes to the Hijaz and the city of holy Mecca from a strong position supported by popular will and distinguished management of the crisis succeeded in absorbing the bulk of internal congestion that could have caused the explosion on the region as a whole.
The summit was held with a $ 2.5 billion aid package spread over four items, a deposit at the Central Bank of Jordan, guarantees to the World Bank for Jordan, annual budget support for five years, and development funds for development projects. At the end of the summit, His Majesty King Abdullah II said on Monday that the Mecca meeting is a true embodiment of Arab brotherhood and solidarity. “We appreciate the honorable position of the brothers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, especially the good initiative of my brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz towards our country in light of the challenges facing it,” The Mecca meeting is a true embodiment of Arab brotherhood and solidarity. God save the Arab nation and save dear Jordan. ” he said in a tweet written by his majesty on his Twitter page
It can be said that the response of King Abdullah II to the peaceful protests of his countrymen as he has provided much good for his homeland, as well as the good for neighboring countries, it is not the ability of each king or president to absorb the historical moment and evaluate correctly, King Abdullah II did not ignore the demands of his citizens at that historical moment but he responded to these demands, as this stems from his sense of responsibility , he did not bypassing the demands as other Arab rulers did as their repression was the response to their demands for change, and the result was known for everyone .
In summary, King Abdullah II’s response to the demands of his citizens for change, underscores the importance of harmony and national consensus and the cohesion of leadership with the people towards enhancing achievements and building. This response represents Jordan as a model of a strong and well-established state and establishes principles of democracy, ensure the human rights, enhance the dialogue, accept the other and establishing the rule of law. During the reign of King Abdullah II, Jordan passed through important stations that carried many challenges that the Jordanians faced with resolve, determination and will. Each year, in his era carried a national goal based on the demands of the people and the leader to promote security, stability, freedom and prosperity in a nation that never abandoned the principles of its faith, convictions and its principles.

Arab Studies Unit
Rawabet Center for Research and Strategic Studies