To rid itself from the incompetence of some MPs…
A majority of MPs on Monday called for “cancelling all understandings and agreements” with Denmark, Norway, New Zealand and other countries, where newspapers published slanderous drawings of the Prophet Mohammad.
During an urgent House session, 64 deputies signed a petition also demanding a “ban on imports of products from these countries.” The petition, however, did not specify severing political ties.
Urging a nationwide boycott of Danish and Norwegian products, the legislators called for an urgent Arab summit and an Islamic conference to discuss the issue.
Deputy Khalil Attiyeh (Amman First District), who circulated the petitions among MPs, provided the House with a detailed list of products exported to Jordan from Denmark, Norway and New Zealand.
also, as if cancelling all understandings and agreements with Denmark, Norway and New Zeland, wasn’t enough for a day work…
The MPs were also very critical of the two weekly tabloids that published the cartoons, demanding legal action against the papers’ editors.
Jihad Momani, the former editor of Shihan, and Hashem Khalidi, the editor of Al Mihwar, were rearrested on Monday, a day after they appeared in court for defaming the Prophet Mohammad, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Ziad Fariz told legislators during the session.
…A judge on Sunday released the two men pending their trials, but they were rearrested after an appeal from a civil prosecutor.
If found guilty, they could be sentenced to three years.
“It will be awkward that two editors walk freely while we are leading a national campaign condemning the Europeans who published the cartoons,” said Deputy Hisham Qaisi, a member of the Legal Committee at the House. [source]
It never ever ceases to amaze me how wide the gap between government and people can be. This is an independent matter and the government should not get involved. The people can speak for themselves if they want, emphasis on the word ‘want’.
Parliament should be put out of session, out of retirement. At least until we get to vote again. If that ever happens in my lifetime.