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Jordan’s Secular Opposition: Plan B for Jordan

For the first time, the Palestinians engaged fully in the protests, calling for toppling the regime.
Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?

Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?

II-Upholding Jordan’s identity and unity over its soil, including the maintenance of the nation’s name “Jordan,” and its geographic borders as known within the current borders, without any additions or dedications, maintaining the current flag. (This point is meant to eliminate the fears of some East Bankers and West Bankers that Jordan would become Palestine).

III-The future Jordanian state will be committed to the welfare of its citizens and their prosperity as far as food, housing, education and medical care are concerned, all on the basis of equality and observing human dignity. European countries’ models will be used as guides to achieve this goal. The JCORF is convinced Jordan’s resources can be sufficient to meet such commitments towards the Jordanian people; eliminating corruption and the royal family’s lavish expenses would sustain the state’s financial revenues.

IV-The Jordanian state is committed to all international treaties and agreements previously signed by Jordan, all in a manner that secures Jordan’s interest and sovereignty, as well as the independence and security of its soil and the best interest of its citizens. (This article is meant to provide that Jordan’s peace agreement with Israel will be secured as well as Jordan’s military and intelligence cooperation with the West).

V-Establishing an interim government the day the Hashemite regime falls. That interim government will run the country for an interim period, and will constitute electoral laws for the parliamentary elections and the presidential elections, and will introduce a new constitution. The Parliamentary electoral law will come as a temporary law by which the parliament members are to be elected, and they can vote on the parliamentary temporary law to either amend it and/or approve it as a permanent law. A constitution drafting commission will be established and the draft constitution will be held for referendum. The presidential elections will be held after the parliament has been elected, and the president is to be elected by public vote.

VI-The president is to be elected by direct public vote; all Jordanians from both genders are eligible to run for president regardless of ethnic or sectarian background, given that they have not been convicted of a misdemeanor or above.

VII-Parliamentary seats will be raised to 400 [from the current 150] in order to secure a sufficient increase in representation for all Jordanians based on their population concentration and geographic distribution; thus, the number of parliament members for each governorate will increase to the level of their counterparts in established democracies. The Parliament will have the right to revoke presidential decisions with a two-thirds vote.

VIII-Establishing a welfare system by which each unemployed individual receives the equitant of 30 US Dollars per week, as well as 30 US Dollars per week for each member in his or her household, thus a family of five will receive a total of 150 dollars per week, a total of 600 dollars per month. JCORF believes this welfare system will be feasible considering the country’s resources and the billions of dollars granted to Jordan annually, of which no impact is seen filtering down to the Jordanian people.

IX-No public servant or military personnel members are to be dismissed from their positions, regardless of their military ranking or their level of public service; those who have held jobs under the Hashemite regime will be able to keep their jobs, and acts of bureaucratic revenge against those will not be allowed. [This is to assure public servants that they will not lose their livelihoods under the new regime]

X-A Counter-Corruption Commission will be established as a legal entity specialized with detecting and punishing corrupts from the former regime, its tasks will include the redemption of all stolen state money in Jordan and abroad. The Counter-Corruption Commission will include launching investigations and confiscations of assets of corrupt officials inside and outside Jordan in addition to handing corrupts to prosecution, terminating their employment from public service and banning them from holding public office for life.

XI-Restoring the ownership of all tribal lands and property that have been confiscated by the Hashemite regime and providing financial compensation to those who can prove their personal interests have been compromised by the confiscations that have taken place at the hands of the Hashemite regime. [This secures an advantage for the Bedouin tribes whose lands were confiscated by King Abdullah II]

About the Author: Mudar Zahran is the Secretrary General of the Jordanian Coalition of Opposition, a known Jordanian- Palestinian politician and writer, who now resides in the UK as a political refugee. His writings regularly appear in Arab, Israeli, and American publications.


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3 Responses to “Jordan’s Secular Opposition: Plan B for Jordan”

  1. this is an important document

  2. Marty Mensch says:

    This is very promising. I would like to see him repace the PA & Abass, which is not working. & than take all those that do not want to live in a Jewish State with us to Jordan with him. We should help with in Jordan. He sounds that he just might be the one that will bring real Peace to the entire region with our help.

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