for as long as I could remember, the names abdilkareem al dughmi, mifli7 er7aimy, bassam 7addadeen and many others have been the names I hear to be members of the Jordanian parliament. it's the same few, financially capable gang elected to represent the people. some get through with the help of the intelligence department, royal court, the government, vote buying, or the persistent tribal affiliation. it's almost always the same names and, therefore, the same outcome. more corruption gets swept under the carpet, more benefits, like duty tax waivers and the recent life-time pensions, and the usual hiring of close friends and relatives in the already over-burdened public sector. we are here today facing the same old, good for nothing parliament and we have to do something about it. therefore, I propose the following two option:Read more >>
- bar current members from ever serving in public office and establish term limits for future members. this way we know new blood is flowing through the political process and hopefully new ideas would come up to solve our many economical and societal challenges.
- the second option, which is my preference, is to make away with elections altogether and establish a lottery system, where parliament members are randomly chosen from all Jordanians 18 and over. what other system offers a better representation?
the question is: whom would you rather choose to represent you? ya7ya als3ood, or randomly selected Jordanian citizen?