(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Now that the government of Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh has won the deputies' vote of confidence, it can be sure of good support for its efforts to implement the policies and programmes mentioned in the policy statement to Parliament.
Winning the support of 75 members of Parliament, out of 110 present, despite the hard policy choices facing the country should make the government feel at least comfortable when taking decisions.
However, the executive must also be aware of the fact that some of the votes in favour came with caveats and demands, especially with regard to the impending lifting of subsidies on some items and services, and that means the government will be treading on thin ice and will need to show statesmanship in tackling problems.
Most of all, it will need to be transparent, and ensure that the public is kept appraised of its decisions and the reasons behind them.
Deciding to increase state revenues through more taxation might be accepted by the citizens easier if they know that state expenditures will also be cut. It defeats the purpose to see the government spend lavishly - on pensions, cars, perks and what have you - while asking the population to tighten the belt.
Working in favour of the prime minister is the trust in his integrity and statesmanship, and the conviction that whatever austerity measures he will embark on will be measures of last resort rather than a first choice.
The government needs the support of MPs and the street alike. In the days ahead it will have to deal with difficult issues, from holding elections on new and progressive grounds and with the aid and support of political parties established on the basis of the new legislation to finding ways to enable the people to make ends meet without adding to their suffering, particularly when it comes to the vulnerable and disadvantaged amongst us.
The government is going to negotiate a rough road. If it does it wisely, fairly and transparently, it can be sure that the citizens at least understand. Support should also follow, for Jordanians were always appreciative of their leadership and held a helping hand when asked.