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AQC Holds Conference on Multi-Party Democracy


Under the patronage of Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki, Al Quds Center for Political Studies (AQC) organised a conference entitled, "Towards a Multi-Party Democracy". The conference was held with support of the EU, and in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the Jordanian Center for Civic Education.
At the opening of the conference, Minister of Youth Engineer Haditha Al Khreisha, deputizing for the prime minister, said the country has embraced and encouraged political parties since the establishment of Emirate of Transjordan, adding that youths play a pivotal role in political life. He stressed the need for enhancing the oversight role of civil society cognizations to develop political performance and consolidate democracy.
For his part, Mr. Andrea Matteo Fontana, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jordan, expressed his delight for precipitating in the conference, saying the "Towards a Multi-Party Democracy" project has provided key support for Jordanian political parties, which are required to actively engage in the country's reform process. He added that EU priorities include forging partnerships and building cooperation with Jordan to advance good governance, democracy, human rights, and rule of law.
Dr. Manuel Schubert, Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Jordan, described the project as an unprecedented success story, offering a unique platform to enrich multi-party dialogue and attract most political currents in Jordan.
QCPS Director Mr. Oraib Al Rantwai made a presentation on the project, saying it started in 2013 as the largest and most inclusive effort to empower political parties and revive their role.
Around 100 activities were implemented under the project, with the participation of more than 1,000 political party activists, representatives of civil society organizations, parliamentarians, and academics, Rantwai added.
The conference recommended issuing a new election law that empowers and develops political parties; devolution through parliamentary government; creating a funding regulation for political parties based on their activities and influence; modernizing political party programs; encouraging political parties to merge or form effective and powerful coalitions.
Hussein Abu Rumman, head of QCPS Research Unit, presented one of the project's most important output: "Development of Political Parties in Jordan: A historical Analysis 1921-2016," a book published in Arabic and English.