New Moroccan PM moves to end political deadlock
Casablanca - Morocco’s newly appointed prime minister, Saad Eddine El Othmani, completed the first round of consultations with political parties to form a majority government after ousted premier Abdelilah Benkirane had failed to break the political deadlock.
Othmani met with the leaders of the Istiqlal Party (PI), the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Constitutional Union (UC), the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), the Popular Movement (MP), the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS).
All the political parties that have been consulted showed an interest in joining the future government except the PAM. Ilyas Omari, secretary-general of the PAM, issued a statement March 22nd following a meeting with the head of government at the PJD headquarters.
The statement stressed that the PAM was sticking to the communiqué that was released October 8th, a day after the parliamentary elections, rejecting any alliance except with parties that share the same political views.
Mohamed Yatim, a PAM member, said “the consultations do not automatically result in the participation of a particular party in the next government, but they must allow the designated head of government to know which consulted political parties are capable of taking part in the next majority government”.
The RNI and UC expressed their willingness to join Othmani’s coalition government.
The 2017 budget hasn’t been approved due to the political deadlock, which might affect Morocco’s political and economic stability and reforms as the North African country is preparing to move from a fixed exchange rate to a flexible regime in the second part of the year.
The Islamist party won 125 out of the 395 seats for the Moroccan House of Representatives in October elections, beating the PAM, which secured 102 seats. Morocco’s Istiqlal Party (PI), which dates to 1937, was third with 45 seats.