Monday, September 25, 2006

Is Bakhit in trouble?

It seems that a cozy meeting at the International Affairs Society between the members and the prime minister ended with some quite interesting statements. The PM told the attendees that US’ policy was decided in Tel Aviv, and that our strategic reserves of fuel are enough for 33 days, rather than the official 3 month number that is typically used.

Anyway, attempts to scratch the statement from the reports of the meeting were unsuccessful, and our new private news agency, Ammon News, published the quote on line. A subsequent report said that “higher references” were angry about the statement, although the implications of this anger are unclear.

Al Quds al Arabi carried a report on the incident and goes on to suggest that a change of government might be in the cards soon. My feeling is that if every politician who makes an inadvisable statement is forced to quit, then we would run out of politicians rather quickly. Wait. We are running out. There are many people in Amman who live for cabinet changes, and so rumors like this are greeted with much relish.

As for me, I am numb. I would rather give Hajjaj enough time to draw a decent cartoon of Bakhit.


At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alghad daily columnist Samiah Al-Maitah [my favorite] hinted in one of his articles a couple of days or so ago that a change in the government is drawing near by the day, he didn't put a time table on it. Usually, Mr.Almaitah sources are very reliable, so yeah I think that there is a change in the offing.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Madi said...

Does it really matter if he's in trouble or not ? or does it matter if we are going to witness another change in the government ?

Jordan local and foreign policy will remain the same as there many inside and outside factors force (or kind-of) to remain the same.

Or let me put it in this way, as Jordanian, I do not care about the next prime minister, I don't even care to know his name or his history what I care about is the real changes and real reformation which is very predictable at this time.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Hatem: I am not sure. All governments go through months of rumors before anything happens. Keep your phone charged, though!

Jad: I doubt that we will see such a heroic figure who will fix everything. This is due to the simple reason that most problems are too ingrained to be solved by any one person. This is especially true since the time frames PM's work with are too short. Also, their power is too limited (which is a good thing).

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if a change is coming it might coincide with the 11/9 anniversary. that being said i'm not so sure that it will happen. this is a pretty strong government in the context of past governments. they've also gotten more done in one year than the other cabinets have.

i'd expect a cabinet reshuffle perhaps. either way it's the crown that dictates agenda. it reminds me of that game where you have to run with a spoon and an egg and then pass it to the next person...every government just tries to run with the spoon as smoothly as possible. some break the egg some have a pretty smooth ride. but the egg remains an egg at the end of the day.

At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaiek George ben Bush El Texani will issue his fatwa in the next 72 hours. May the Pentagon be with you Brother Bkhait.

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Nas: We'll see. I am not fond of rapid changes in the government, so from that pespective I hope you are right. As for the 11/9 anniversary, I don't think that would be appropriate.

Anon: The new fatwa law in Jordan restricts fatwas to a government fatwa board. Others are not allowed and can be punished with a fine.



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