Media & Communication Directorate
Royal Hashemite Court (Jordan)
King congratulates Jordanians over polls
Amman, 29 January 2013
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday congratulated the Jordanian people on the success of the parliamentary elections which he described as a “qualitative leap and shining milestone in Jordan’s political history and democratic process.”
King Abdullah told the Jordanian people: “You have made history, adding another bright chapter to the country’s record of achievements, by participating with confidence and enthusiasm in these elections, which are the stepping stone into a new era of determination to proceed with the process of change and the envisioned reform, and enroot political pluralism and public participation.”
The King highlighted the important role of the new Lower House in addressing the challenges facing the nation: “Deputies are expected to continuously reach out to all citizens, political forces and local community figures and engage them in debate, to ensure that their voices be heard and their issues aptly taken care of under the Dome, so as to serve the public good, enroot citizens’ participation in decision making and move on to the next reform milestones with the highest degree of consensus and popular engagement.”
The King hailed the distinguished performance of the president, commissioners and staff of the Independent Elections Commission.
His Majesty thanked monitors, volunteers, police and candidates who did not make it to the House, stressing that “there are no losers” in the elections because, when Jordan wins, all Jordanians win together with their country.
The King acknowledged points of weakness in the election process, urging to take them and monitors’ observations into account to continue improving management of the electoral process.