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On the political and cultural lessons of the Jordanian popular movement

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The Jordanian popular movement ended a few days after it began, with many gains and very few losses. It recorded many lessons that the Arab governments and people can learn from.

Without casualties or material damage, and only a few minor injuries, some of which happened by accident or as a result of overcrowding, the movement was able to achieve many things, some of which are temporary and some of which can be built upon in the future with some determination and action.

The most important political and economic achievement is the resignation of Hani Mulki’s government by means of the popular pressure. This is a good achievement that deserves praise, and is also unprecedented in Jordan.

In addition to the resignation of the government, the appointment of Dr Omar Al-Razzaz is also a good achievement, because of his good personal and administrative reputation, and his distance from any suspicions of corruption. It is also good because while acting as Minister of Education he proved to be open to the people and ministry’s staff.

A day after he was appointed, Al-Razzaz pledged to withdraw the tax draft bill, which ignited the protests, and he promised to study it and open a community dialogue with trade unions and the MPs around him. This is an important achievement not only because it extinguishes the spark that sparked the movement, but because it could launch a new phase of dialogue on issues that concern a large part of........

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